There is so much happening in and around Chatham-Kent and the aim is to keep you in loop of programs and services that can help you when you are in need.

COMMUNITY SERVICES & PROGRAMS

Best Start services are located throughout Chatham-Kent to help and support parents, caregivers and anyone else looking after, teaching or raising children. The early years of a person's life are very precious and the experiences they have and everything they learn lays down the framework for the adult they will become. Best Start is here to help you give your children the BEST START in life. 
For more information call 1-866-720-7975 

WrapAround helps low income families plan for and achieve a better life with the help of a supportive team. To learn more about WrapAround and how they can help call 519-352-5647 or email wraparound@outlook.com

Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network works together with the Nonprofit Sector of Chatham-Kent to be a voice for the hundreds of nonprofit organizations who strive daily to improve the quality of life of Chatham-Kent residents. For more information about CKNN and the services offered contact Kim Broadbent at 519-354-0430 and CKNN@uwock.ca

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORTS

Chatham-Kent Employment Resource Centres provide free access to internet for job searching, career exploration, education and training information. CKERC also provides workshops for job seekers. The centres are operated by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Employment and Social Services Division and are open to the public (including youth) in Chatham and Wallaceburg. Drop in and visit one today! For more information on income maintenance and emergency housing supports see www.chatham-kent.ca/ess

Goodwill Essex Kent Lambton provides a wide range of customized employment services for job seekers including employment counseling, job search assistance and information on local services and funding opportunities. To access services it is best to set up a one on one meeting with one of the employment counselors located at the Chatham-Kent office. Goodwill Employment Services can be reached at 519-453-4400

Goodwill Essex Kent Lambton also provides targeted Initiatives for Older Workers. This program provides a wide range of customized employment tools for job seekers 55 - 65 years of age (some exceptions may apply for inidividuals 50 and over). To find more or set up an appointment call 519-354-4400. 

Additionally, Goodwill Essex Kent Lambton administers the Canada Ontario Job Grant. This grant provides reimbursement to employers to fund training for their current workforce, On average, 2/3 of a workers eligible training costs are funded, and the employer contributes the remaining cost. The online application can be found here (please note: the application must be submitted online for review in advance of training).

Food Banks

If you are looking for information on local food banks and hot meal programs check out the awesome resources on the CK Food Policy Council Website.

One of the many resources on the site is a CK Food Resource and Meal Calendar.

The Food Policy Council also provides a comprehensive listing of all local food banks.

Legal Support

Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic is located at 6 Harvey Street, Unit A and provides legal services for low-income Chatham-Kent residents. Contact by phone or walk-in, Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 519-352-6771 

 

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