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Outreach

Our Outreach Program supports folks that are sleeping outside by regularly checking up on them in the community; providing necessities including food, clothing, survival gear, harm reduction, first aid supplies, and hygiene products; and connecting them with other services when appropriate.

 

We have also partnered with the Community Counselling and Resource Centre and Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge to support individuals identified to be in Housing Unit Takeover situations.

Donate

 

We are always grateful to receive donations from those who want to support community members through our program.

 

New and used items can be dropped off at 541 Water Street, Monday to Friday from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. We also keep an up-to-date Amazon wish list featuring our most needed items for those who prefer to send us supplies. Please see our list below of things we are looking for (we accept stuff that is used, and in good condition, unless otherwise specified).

 

Please note that due to our limited storage capacity, we only accept clothing that is practical for the outdoors. We do not accept dresses, skirts, dress shirts or pants, dress shoes, high heels, etc.

 

If you have something to donate and are unsure whether we accept it, please call our office at 705-741-4172.

Survival Gear

  • Tents

  • Tarps

  • Backpacks, duffel bags

  • Sleeping bags

  • Blankets, pillows

  • Camping cots

  • Air mattresses

  • Flashlights, lanterns

  • Batteries (AA and AAA)

  • Reusable water bottles

Clothing

  • T-shirts, tank tops

  • Hoodies

  • Jeans, shorts, leggings

  • Socks, underwear (must be new)

  • Running shoes, sandals, flip flops

  • Baseball hats, sun hats, sunglasses

  • Raincoats, rain ponchos

Other Supplies (Must be new/unopened)

  • Deodorant

  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste

  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap

  • Sunscreen, after sun/aloe vera

  • Bug spray

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Ointments such as Polysporin

  • Bottled water, Gatorade, juice

  • Snacks

Over the course of the 2021-2022 winter (December 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022) we had the privilege of running an Outreach Program centred around supporting folks sleeping outside. This was done through funding by the United Way Peterborough & District and we are grateful for their Winter Response to Homelessness initiative which provided the opportunity for many great Peterborough non-profits to support our neighbours outside.

 

We have put together a video that overviews how we ran our program and the reality we encountered of the crisis that Peterborough is currently facing. We are resolute in continuing to advocate for the needs of our community of folks experiencing homelessness.

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