Christmas for many families can present a number of challenges.  Poverty, substance use, family violence, stress, mental health challenges and a lack of structure (i.e., school!)  can all be reasons for families to not be so “merry” at Christmas time.  Lengthy vacations like the Christmas season can be overwhelming for some families.  There are many resources in our community that can assist families throughout this season. The following are resources which can help:

 

Mental Health:

  1. HERE24/7 is a telephone service that can assist students and adults in need 1-844-437-3247 (Press the #1 option so that it will be answered by a live person). 

 

  1. Front Door is a walk-in Service for kids/parents with kids under 18 where they can speak to a counselor for free on Thursdays from 9-3:30pm@ Langs 1145 Concession Rd Cambridge and are open during the week of Dec 24th and the week of Dec 31st. They can be reached at 519-749-2932.

 

Emergency sources of Food:

1.     Cambridge Self Help Food Bank-drop by or call ahead of time (519) 622-6550. Families can access both food as well as gifts through their Christmas support program as well

Holiday hours are: Dec 24th-9-12pm, December 25 & 26-closed, December 27th:  9-6:30pm, December  28th: 9-4:30pm,
December 31
st: 9-12pm, closed Jan 1st and then regular hours rest of the week

They have locations in Hespler and Preston

2.     St Vincent DePaul – our local Catholic Churches each have a group of volunteers who can help deliver food to residents in their local neighborhood (you do not have to be Catholic)

 

Emergency Shelter:

1.Lutherwood Housing Centre-drop by @ 35 Dickson St Cambridge or call ahead of time (519) 623-9380. They are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Otherwise, hours are 8:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

 

Violence:

  1. Women and Children who are in need of safety, Women’s Crisis Services 519-742-5894
  2. Sexual Assault Support and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre 519 749 6994

God Bless.