Our Centre 105 Team hopes all is well with everyone in our community! We hope that the first few months of 2023 have been positive!
We would like to start off by saying thank you for voting Centre 105 as the Top Not-For-Profit, through Community Votes Cornwall, for the second year in a row! Congratulations to all of the other organizations, who do so much for the vulnerable individuals in our community.
For those who might not know about our agency: Centre 105 is a community ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. We are a registered charity and we operate out of Trinity Anglican Church, located at 105 Second Street West, in Cornwall.
Centre 105 offers a free breakfast, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:00am until 12:00pm. We offer a safe, nonjudgmental social space. Laundry services are available, via a sign-up list.
A service that we love to have at 105 is the Recovery Care Mobile Clinic. This Mobile Clinic features an addictions counsellor (Jimmie) and a nurse (Mel), who spend every Friday morning with us. We are so thankful for this partnership and all of the help that it provides our participants.
For many individuals in our community, Centre 105 is like a second home. Although we have moved on from many of the pandemic related restrictions, it is still a very challenging time for many people. Social issues, such as homelessness, precarious housing, food insecurity, poverty, isolation, mental health issues, substance addictions, among others, are the reality for many vulnerable individuals in our community.
At Centre 105, we spend a great deal of time referring participants to other social agencies in Cornwall, including our awesome food agency partners (The Agape Centre, Salvation Army Food Bank, and St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank). Organizations like the Pentecostal Church and the Good News Centre have been working hard to offer monthly suppers, which has been fantastic. The crew at Lighthouse Drop-In, on Montreal Road, have been working hard at offering free clothing to anyone in need. We continue to hear about the significant work being done by the Unity Street Help Team, the Cornwall Public Library, as well as the Mobile Mission. If the pandemic taught us one thing, it is that working together is the key to helping vulnerable individuals in the best way possible. Providing help to those in our community who need it, is a team effort.
We hope to continue to strengthen our current partnerships and are always looking to create new ones as well.
When discussing partnerships, some other groups that need to be recognized include the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall, the two Rotary Clubs, Cornwall Legion Branch 297, United Way of SDG, the Social Development Council, Baldwin House, and the local Health Unit. There are several local businesses who support 105, including our good friends at the Village Diner on Tollgate! Big hello, Brenda, Cindy, and team!
We would also like to take this time to give a big shout-out to our partners at Trinity Anglican Church! As some might already know, Trinity Church is where many different social agencies conduct activities, including Centre 105, Tri-County Literacy Council, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre, and the Alzheimer’s Society.
I would like to thank all 105 staff members, volunteers, and students, for all of their efforts in 2022.
Centre 105 accepts donations of new hygiene products, as well as food items. We are also greatly in need of financial support, to keep our program running. All donations of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at Centre 105, 105 Second Street West, Cornwall, Ontario, K6J 1G4. We also accept donations on our website, at www.centre105.ca
Thank you and all the best this year!