If you are looking for opportunities to serve your neighbours in Hamilton, here are some organizations that provide Christian charity in our city. Many of these are not affiliated with Blessings, but are supported by many volunteers in our community.
If you're a member of an organization that would like to be listed on this page, please let us know.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Anchor Association serves adults with developmental disabilities. They operate group homes in Beamsville, Burlington, Dunville, Fergus, and now also in Hamilton.
The residents of these homes recieve support for their disabilities in a loving, Christian environment. They benefit from many volunteers who help enrich the lives of these special members of our communities.
Campfire! Bible Camp is a non-profit Christian camp with an outreach focus, committed to providing a relevant faith experience for campers, staff, and volunteers. Campfire! is founded on core values of a reformed Christian heritage and operates with a business for ministry mindset.
Campfire! is like no other camp in the province of Ontario. The Saugeen River flows through the 165-acre property, which is also blessed with rolling hills, open meadows, towering conifers, scenic ponds for paddling and swimming, and trails for hiking and skiing.
These beautiful surroundings enhance a camp that aims to combine a fun and exciting summer experience with discovery and growth in the love of Jesus Christ.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) opened their Canadian office in March 2013 in response to numerous Canadian church leaders who have seen the need for debt counselling in their cities.
Since launching, they have partnered with over 120 churches to bring our financial education course and debt counselling service to local communities across Canada.
In 2016 they launched their Job Clubs and Release Groups programs to complement their debt counselling services and to tackle the root causes of poverty.
Community Bible Discovery Group is a small group Bible study for anyone who has a desire to learn more about God and His Word. Prior Bible knowledge is not required.
The format is relaxed with refreshments and a time to socialize and get to know each other. Bibles and study books are provided free of charge.
The group meets Tuesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:00 at Cornerstone Church, 353 Stonechurch Rd. Appropriate child care and transportation are available.
To register or for more information e-mail bible.discovery.group@ gmail.com. For up to date information check out their Facebook page titled Community Bible Discovery Group.
Located in Hamilton, EduDeo Ministries is a Canadian, Christian, mission organization serving children in developing countries with quality education rooted in a Biblical worldview. They aim to bring the Hope of the Gospel to the world through this work.
They accomplish this by partnering with Christian school associations and mission organizations in developing countries to impact:
The Hamilton Dream Center ministers to the people in need in downtown Hamilton, and their goal is to empower families & individuals to succeed with dignity and purpose.
They offer a weekly food and clothing bank, annual free tax clinics, winter clothing drives, prom clothing for teens in need, Christmas aid (food and gifts) for working poor families, and more.
The Micah House is a home for ordinary people seeking asylum from danger, terror and persecution. It is the only refugee house of this kind in Hamilton. When refugee claimants arrive, they are lonely, and unsure about what is required of them. As a non-denominational Christian ministry, Micah House helps them at this vulnerable point to provide direction to their circumstances. Refugees are housed at Micah house for around 2 to 3 months.
An excellent volunteer opportunity at the house is to prepare an evening meal at home or at Micah House to enjoy with the guests.
Mission Services is a charity with a mission to end poverty and create safe spaces to learn, heal and grow. They serve anyone in need or crisis by living out a calling of faith to act justly, show mercy and offer hope.
They do this by providing professional and caring service in the following areas: The Good Food Centre (food bank & community kitchen), The 196 (afterschool program), Willow's Place (safe space for women), Inasmuch House (Violence Against Women shelter), Men's Shelter, Suntrac Addiction Services, and Alternative Justice.
Did you know that over 17,000 people in Hamilton use a food bank every month? Disappearing jobs, disappointing pensions, failing health or a failing marriage can send a family spiraling into crisis.
Neighbour 2 Neighbour helps people struggling through difficult times in their lives. As a local food bank, their work is a great way to fight against poverty and show Christian charity to the needs of our community.
Streetlight is both a Christian Ministry and a Missional Church, working faithfully to spread the Gospel and the love for God within their community.
Streetlight is located in downtown Hamilton in the Beasley neighbourhood. This ministry has youth and adult Bible study programs during the week and two worship services every Sunday. This ministry also offers a variety of kids programs, an adult life skills course and other programs where they look for ways to serve each other through personal relationships.
This ministry started in the 1990's with the help of some members in the Hamilton area Canadian Reformed Churches, of which Streetlight is also a member.
This is an eatery (located at 541 Barton St) that offers fresh, homemade meals and baked goods. It is run solely by volunteers who are committed to providing food that is affordable, nutritious and family-friendly.
541 also uses the space and the proceeds from food sales to facilitate educational community initiatives.
It is accessible to anyone and it is a safe place where people are intentionally present and approachable.