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

 

Martha:
February Volunteer of the Month 

 
Martha has a lot of love to give and gives it freely. 
Martha takes initiative, can do any job asked of her and does it well.
She excels when she’s of service. 


We are delighted to introduce her to the greater community as our February Volunteer of the Month!

Martha came to HOPE House just shy of three years ago as a Circles® Leader (see more about Circles® below) where she shares she has made many great connections.  Since then, Martha has jumped in to offer her service in multiple creative ways!

 

Martha is the founder and facilitator of Yarn & Yap, a weekly program where she teaches crochet therapy and self-care. This program touches 10-12 participants a week and up to 40 people a month!

 

Martha also  volunteers weekly in the Café, setting up breakfast and lunch for the people that come to HOPE House. She also helps out by volunteering in the Food Market and the HOPE Stylin’ Clothing Market whenever we need an extra hand.

 

Due to her own success in the program, Martha has also gained paid employment as a co-facilitator for Circles® Leader training.

 

We are so fortunate to have her, as her love and respect for others touches people here nearly every day.

 

When asked how she has seen HOPE House change lives, Martha responds,

“HOPE House is such a dignified, respectful, kind organization. I have seen the help that the staff have given people. Lives are changed just by giving people dignity in choices. I've seen community come together and help establish safe housing for others, feeding and loving people everyday. It's just the little things that matter so much, no matter how small.”

Circles® Allies Wanted 

Circles® is a community based initiative that pairs Leaders (community members looking to lead their families out of poverty) with Allies (people of middle or upper income) in order to build intentional and supportive relationships throughout a community member’s journey in becoming self-sufficient. 

The Circles® Guelph meetings are celebrated with a shared meal provided by individuals or groups from the community. The Leaders bring with them a special skill or gift and are given the opportunity to share these gifts with the rest of the group at the weekly Thursday evening meetings.

Trained coaches, Mary and Bob, lead the program and assist the Leaders and Allies in forming individualized action plans. Presenters are invited and welcomed each week to speak about a topic that is relevant to the Leaders and brings awareness to the resources that are available to them. 

The Circles® program is a proven and credible program that makes real and ongoing change for individuals and our community. 

You can make a difference by becoming an Ally through helping community Leaders take steps towards leading their families out of poverty.

If you are interested in getting involved with Circles® please contact
Mary Crome, Ongoing Support Manager
socialwork@lakesidehopehouse.ca

Visit the Circles® website
www.circlesgw.ca

Become a Circles® Ally
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