NeighbourLink draws volunteers from a network of churches in Chatham-Kent. We partner together to provide practical help to those in need by connecting them with individuals who can help and relevant existing services in the community.
Chatham-Kent Christians have been working together through NeighbourLink since 2005.
Coldest Night of the Year
NeighbourLink's Coldest Night of the Year 2023 walk took place in February. We are thrilled to share we exceeded our fundraising goal! Next year's walk is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2024. The funds raised will support NeighbourLink's work among the hungry, homeless, and hurting here in Chatham-Kent. You can click here to watch a brief video on why we gather.
aWAY Opportunities is a seasonal program of NeighbourLink that enables local needy kids to attend summer camp at Kenesserie or Adullam at no charge. It is coordinated by Rose Scott who is an Education Assistant in Chatham. The young students get to do things like canoeing, hiking and other fun summer activities.
Street Frenz is a local ministry that distributes sandwiches to Chatham's homeless community weekly.
with CAP Money Course
NeighbourLink offers the Christians Against Poverty money management course a few times a year. This free family and personal budgeting course is designed to equip participants to manage their finances well. A friend of NeighbourLink also offers a free income tax service to individuals who make under $30,000 a year.
It used to be that when a problem arose in someone's life, the community would “wrap around” them and together they would overcome the challenge. WrapAround operates in the same way. Church, neighbourhood, and community volunteers come alongside families to make something good happen in the life of someone they care about. Pictured above are the WrapAround facilitators.
Facilitated by Andrew Hawkins and Andrea Shepherd, Recover Together is an opportunity for people who realize they have an addiction or unwanted habit to meet with others for support. Folks struggling with any attachment—drugs, alcohol, technology, shopping, control, overeating, pornography, etc.—are encouraged to attend. In other words, Recover Together is for everyone as we all have idols of some kind in our lives.
The colder weather makes the plight of local homeless people even worse, but you can help them stay warm! Many places across Chatham-Kent are accepting donations of clean, gently used sleeping bags which will be distributed freely to those in need over the winter.
Drop sites in Chatham include the Mission Thrift Store
Sleeping Bag Drive
on Wellington Street, the New Life Thrift Store at Queen & Richmond, Loads of Love on Colborne Street, Saint Vincent de Paul on King Street East, Chatham Hope Haven on Wellington Street West, and the Salvation Army food bank office on Raleigh Street. Other locations include the Salvation Army offices on Lowe Street in Wallaceburg & 18 Main Street in Ridgetown, Blenheim Christian Reformed Church on Chatham Street S in Blenheim, and at Ashley's Place on Queen Street in Tilbury. Thanks in advance for your support!
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