"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'"
Who We Are
NeighbourLink represents a network of churches in Chatham-Kent partnered together to provide practical help to those in need by linking them to supportive volunteers or existing services.
NeighbourLink has created a centralized database and telephone resource center to assess people’s needs and refer them to the most appropriate resources within the community. Scroll down to see how the NeighbourLink referral process works.
Chatham-Kent churches have been operating together through NeighbourLink since 2005. Numerous volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to meet the needs of many including the most vulnerable within our communities.
NeighbourLink Chatham-Kent is incorporated and is a registered Canadian charity. It is operated by a board of directors composed of individuals from member churches. NeighbourLink Chatham-Kent is an affiliate member of the Canadian Centre for Christian Charities (also called the 4 "C"s or CCCC).
How We Help
When we get a call about someone in need, whether from a local church, agency, or a concerned individual, a few different things may happen. NeighbourLink will assess the call and refer the individual to resources best equipped to provide help and support. This could include a local social agency or volunteers from local churches who are ready and willing to help.
The NeighbourLink office is the hub that makes service to those in need possible and our dedicated volunteer office staff put things in motion! Thanks to all our office staff and volunteers who work to connect people in need to people who can help!
transportation for those in need is probably the biggest service NeighbourLink provides. For those without vehicles or convenient access to public transit, our volunteers will make sure they get to their medical appointments, the grocery store or the bank.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, NeighbourLink got into the food delivery business, helping those who find it difficult to pay rent and buy enough groceries.
Recognizing that loneliness
is a big problem in Chatham-Kent and elsewhere, NeighbourLink offers friendly visits to those who are isolated. NeighbourLink also offers a "Phone Buddy" program for those who need regular connections and conversations with people.
One of our supporting
churches offer a free family
and personal budgeting course called the CAP Money Course. There are three evening courses per year at Gregory Drive Alliance Church: fall, winter and spring. From time to time NeighbourLink conducts daytime CAP courses
for those who have busy
Personal finance training
Sometimes NeighbourLink volunteers pitch in together and do yard work and small home repairs for those who are unable to do the work themselves. Sometimes volunteers work together with others to do much bigger projects.
& volunteers gather during the week to pray for the needs of the community and people they serve. We would love to pray for you too! Submit a prayer request below.
Who We Partner With
Chatham-Kent is blessed with an abundance of good people working in agencies which provide resources for those in need. At NeighbourLink, we aren’t interested in duplicating programs that already exist. We like working with other agencies and defer to them when necessary. NeighbourLink is part of the Chatham-Kent Non-Profit Network, the Prosperity Roundtable and First Strategy. Other agencies we work with include:
Board of Directors
Harold Vander Ende, Blenheim Christian Reformed Church (Chair)
Bonnie Rikley, Gregory Drive Alliance Church Chatham (Vice-chair)
Janet O'Mara, LifeBridge Church Thamesville (Treasurer)
Sheri Gifford, Emmanuel Baptist Church Chatham (Secretary)
Kent Babbey, Blenheim Baptist Church
Mike Kramer, Dresden Christian Reformed Church
Marvin Zondervan, Calvary Christian Reformed Church Chatham
Ken Powell, Evangel Community Church Chatham
Tim Lukings, St. Paul's Congregational Church
Bela Trebics, Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle Wallaceburg
In 2003 the United Way hired Jennifer Benn to find ways to better alleviate poverty in Chatham-Kent. In her research she came across World Vision's "NeighbourLink" ministry. Jennifer, along with Karen Kirkwood-Whyte, the Executive Director of United Way, called together clergy and church representatives from the community and soon the idea of working together to attack poverty gathered steam.
In April 2005, eight founding church representatives agreed to start NeighbourLink C-K. Right from the beginning we sought to include all of Chatham-Kent and the thirty-three member churches (as of May 2022) include some from Chatham, Wallaceburg, Dresden, Thamesville, Blenheim, Tilbury, and Wheatley.
Since the beginning our goal has been to bring church families together to assist those in need without duplicating existing services. If help is already available, we link people to existing services. Where there are gaps in community services, NeighbourLink seeks to step in with practical help.