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Our monthly Volunteer Newsletter.
To celebrate the wondrous achievements of YOU,
the volunteers of HOPE House!


December Volunteers of the Month: Michelle and Mohsen


When one looks out across the cafe Mohsen is always there and always helping somebody. He’s one of those dependable people who does things without being asked. Mohsen makes a huge difference with the newcomer community who visit our Food Market. He’s translated all of our signage into Arabic and makes people feel comfortable and at ease during their shopping experience. Mohsen has found work since starting with us. Now that he’s working we still look out and he’s there. 

Here’s Mohsen’s experience of volunteering at HOPE House in his own words, 

“First time that I came to HOPE House I was a newcomer in Canada, and I came here to meet a friend. I was trying to make some friends and improve my language, so I thought it's a good opportunity for me. I applied and started my job in HOPE House.

After a couple of weeks I realized that this job helps me very more than I would expect. Apparently I was helping people, but in fact they were helping me more, because they were giving me this feeling that I could be helpful for them in my new life in a new society.

I thank those who have set up this organization because HOPE House gives people most important thing in life. It gives us HOPE.”


Michelle has really stepped up to the plate as a volunteer this last year. She can be counted on to fill any gap with a smile and a quirky story. She’s an incredible artist. She makes every yarn and cloth donation into a work of art. 

Michelle shares that it was Yarn & Yap, a creative crochet program, that brought her to HOPE House approximately two years ago. “I enjoyed the energy and support available” she explains. 

When asked what she likes about volunteering at HOPE House, she replies “The unique relationships and bonds of friendship that I have with community members. Its a fun day out!”

Michelle has been a community member long enough to see people’s lives changed 

“I have seen people grow into functioning and amazing versions of themselves. Also some of the clientele are so sweet and loving, it warms my heart to see the way everyone gets together and gets along” she beams. 

Coldest Night of the Year

The Coldest Night of the Year is a fabulous opportunity for people looking to make a big impact in just a few hours time!

Walk with us during this family friendly fundraiser on February 22, 2020 to support Guelph's hurting, hungry and homeless. Jaya, Mary, and Kim all have entered a team. Join one of theirs or create your own! 

This event also needs a variety of volunteers to ensure it is safe and runs smoothly.

From welcome team greeters to route marshals, rest stop hosts to photographers, join us on February 22, 2020 for a terrific cause! 

Pass it on and tell your friends! 

Learn more and register here:

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