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Welcome Baby Bundle

These bundles include handcrafted items donated by faith groups throughout the community, along with essential baby supplies supported by Mary McKay’s Baby Brigade like diapers, onesies and toiletries to help parents get started.

For more information and to see if you qualify, please contact us.

To support our Welcome Baby program, make a monetary contribution here or email for information on organizing a fundraising event.

Seniors Health & Well-Being Fund

Community Care administers this fund (also known as the Clara Crawford Fund) to support seniors with glasses, hearing aids, prescriptions and other supports related to overall health and well being. The amount allocated per client is up to $500.

To confirm eligibility and receive assitance accessing this fund, please call 905-685-1349.

Snacks ‘n Sneakers

The Snacks n’ Sneakers program is an annual support service offered by Community Care in partnership with Canadian Tire Bank (CTB) aimed at helping students start classes on the right foot.

Each child registered with Community Care attending JK – Grade 12 is eligible to apply for the program and receive:

  • a backpack stocked with school supplies
  • a variety of healthy snacks
  • a pair of brand-new sneakers provided by CTB

“It is important that students return to school with the supplies they need so that their first priority is to participate and learn in class,” says Betty-Lou Souter, CEO of Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold. “Any parent or guardian to school aged kids knows how quickly the costs can add up when preparing for another school year. Children are expected to return to school with at least two pairs of shoes (one for indoors and their outside shoes), numerous supplies and added snacks that keep them going throughout the day. It can put a lot of pressure on families who are already struggling to get the basics covered. Our back to school program aims to help ease that burden and help families manage.”

Registration will open in early August with pickup dates announced through the month.

When contacting us, please note the following:

  • Please have your children’s current shoe size ready
  • We will work with you to make sure your file is up to date
  • If you are not currently a client, you can still call our offices and we’ll discuss the steps to get you registered

Any questions, please contact Danielle, Operations Manager, at (905) 685-1349 ext. 241 or, if you are located in Thorold, please call (905) 227-9240 to speak with Maxine or Brooke.

If you would like to support this program with backpack, school supply and snack collection, you can make a monetary donation here or, email to organize a fundraising event. 

Birthday Program

This program supports families with children up to 10 years of age by providing them with a gift to open and something special to make their day memorable. To confirm eligibility and to apply for this program, please contact us.


Food Security

We provide nutritious, accessible food to those in need.

Homelessness Prevention

We assist those identified to be at serious or imminent risk of losing housing and becoming homeless. We work with clients to prevent homelessness and support housing stability.

Health Support

Dental, vision care & medical supports are often available based on funding. Inquire about eligibility.

Family Support

From newborns & new parents to seniors, we have programs to assist with essentials for everyone in our community.