The Oakville Community & Family Services exists to holistically serve and support those in our community in greatest need, give them hope and encouragement, as a means to promote self-empowerment and accountability.
We currently provide the following programing:
Community & Family Services
This program provides emergency assistance for food, spiritual counselling, shelter and other on a case-by-case basis. We are committed to maintaining a strong referral system and working with other community organizations to ensure clients’ needs are being met and prevent the cycle of homelessness. The development of community partnerships allow for additional occasional offerings and seasonal programs such as back to school programs and various opportunities for those we serve.
Emergency Food Provisions
The food bank is a program set to assist individuals and families with food items when there is an emergency need. The food bank is open Monday to Friday and clients are seen by appointment. In addition to individual and corporate donations, a food drive is held each spring to stock the shelves for the year to come. We receive fresh bread and baked goods twice a week as a needed supplement of ‘fresh’ items to offer to our clients.
This program is a requirement of those receiving ongoing assistance from the Emergency Food Provisions program. With the assistance of a worker, an Individual Program Plan is established and the client identifies issues/obstacles occurring in their lives. They then set goals and strategies, and their progress is tracked at 3 and 6 month points.
Individuals and families in need are supported through various outreach activities during the Christmas season. Food vouchers are distributed and a Christmas Fellowship dinner is an annual occurrence. Our Toy Depot is also set up for parents to ‘shop’ free of charge for their children through to 17 years of age.
Summer camps reach out to a diverse age group. We are able to support members of the community in attending children’s camps and Moms’ and Tots camp, which provides the opportunity for fellowship and socialization to mothers and their children.
Without volunteers, many of our programs and outreach activities would not be able to exist. We rely on the dedicated support of individuals who have a heart for helping others. Many seasonal/short term opportunities exist, yet we are greatly in need of regular volunteers who are willing to make a long term commitment.