As temperatures drop in Chatham-Kent, the James St. Drop-In has opened its doors to offer warmth, food, respite, and connection to those in need.

Operating in partnership with Ska:Na Family Learning Centre, The Municipality of Chatham-Kent and R.O.C.K. Missions, we are pleased to help bring this much-needed resource to Wallaceburg.

Keeping community safe, warm, and building relationships is key to wellness.

– Faith Hale, Executive Director Ska:Na Family Learning Centre

Currently operating Friday-through-Monday from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm, as well as during Extreme Cold Weather Events as declared by the medical officer of health, the partners involved hope to soon be able to keep the facility open daily until the end of April. The James St. Drop-In is located at 719 James Street in Wallaceburg, adjacent to the St. James of the Apostle Anglican Church.

As affordable vacancies decrease throughout Chatham-Kent and the on-going pandemic contributes to many of the causes of homelessness, including job loss and economic instability; mental health and substance use, and intimate partner violence, safe and welcoming spaces to keep warm and connect to community resources are in greater need.

Renee Geniole, Operations Manager of R.O.C.K. Missions, is grateful for the opportunity to expand their work in Wallaceburg, alongside dedicated partners. “The James St. Drop-In reflects our values and commitment to reaching each one of our most vulnerable people, and providing the equity in care and concern that we all deserve."

The James St. Drop-In is currently looking for volunteers to help with the operation of the centre. There is also immediate need for donations of men’s gloves. For more information, please email [email protected].

Your donation to help support the James St. Drop-In is warmly appreciated.