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The Centre of Hope

Hope, Dignity, Service and Stewardship

By Jon DeActis - Executive Director at the Salvation Army Centre of Hope

Five months ago, I began my new role of Executive Director at the Salvation Army Centre of Hope (CoH). In all my years of living in London, I had always assumed that the Centre of Hope was just a shelter until I began to prepare for my application and interviews.

The Centre of Hope The Centre of Hope opened its doors in November of 2004 at the corner of Wellington and Horton streets. This new building replaced the 53-year old Men’s Hostel at 185 Horton Street.

This present location is home to the Salvation Army’s Community & Family Services (which includes the second largest food bank in London), Residential Services (shelter beds and meals for men, women and youth), Spiritual Care, the Housing Stability Bank, Correctional & Justice Services, and the Withdrawal Management Centre (Detox). The CoH also houses two other organizations’ offices: CMHA and Project Home.

The Salvation Army’s Core values are “Hope, Dignity, Service and Stewardship” and these permeate the halls of the Centre all day, seven days a week.

The Centre of Hope The Mission Statement of the Salvation Army is: “The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs, and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world.” I’d like to speak about this Mission Statement as it affects the Centre of Hope today.

Four years ago, the city of London announced a plan to depopulate all of the shelters in London. The Centre of Hope took this on as a project, as the whole idea of Housing First was beginning to pick up steam and it was “the way to go.” Since this announcement, if anything, the shelter’s numbers have increased.

In reaction to the City’s announcement, the Centre of Hope began looking at other ways to utilize the shelter beds while still meeting the needs in our community, hence the birth of the Recovery Community Centre (RCC). After much research, the RCC took on a life of its own as it looked at ways in which we could meet the needs of those who were homeless and also address the need for a Recovery based program.

The RCC is a program that began four years ago and will be opening up its doors by the end of November 2019. It is starting up as a pilot project over the next 18 months with no government funding. It is being funded by personal donors with the plan of establishing sustainability funding in the long term.

To our knowledge, there is no program like this in Canada, but there are a couple of similar programs in Detroit and Philadelphia.

The RCC will be available to 24 people struggling with addiction. They can be referred through other programs (Treatment programs, Withdrawal Management agencies etc.) or by self-referrals. The idea behind the plan is to admit the resident who is struggling with an addiction until a treatment program becomes available. The resident would then go into the Treatment program and later return to the RCC where they would have a private room (including a bathroom and shower) that is staffed 24/7 with addiction counsellors and peer supports, with three meals a day. The resident can stay in this program, as long as they are active in their recovery, for up to four years.

Research tells us that the longer one stays in a recovery type program, the better their success at long term sobriety. While this pilot project will determine our next steps, our long term plan would be to see the Centre of Hope eventually convert all 92 Private Rooms into the RCC.

Matthew 25:35-36 New International Version (NIV)

35 ”For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”