Mission Services of Hamilton is a charitable, Christian organization that provides emergency care and shelter for those who need it in the community. We also offer opportunities for healing and restorative assistance, in addition to life skills, vocational and on-the-job training. We believe that the road out of poverty should center around education.
Mission Services was founded in 1956 and was originally known as the Harbour Rescue Mission on James Street North in Hamilton. Back then, it was created to meet the needs of homeless men, including those who were alcoholics. The founder, Mr. Enos Bearinger, was a successful businessman and farmer, whose vision for these men became his life-long passion. Initially, with the help of volunteers from area churches, he was able to establish a modest men’s outreach program, which provided a safe shelter, hot meals, friendship and other support to homeless and alcoholic men in the community.
As Mission Services grew it became apparent that a more comprehensive scope of services was needed to help break the cycle of homelessness, poverty and other problems affecting the Hamilton area. Motivated by its core values and beliefs, the organization could not ignore the growing need for expansion. Nowadays, our services are focused on entire families; men, women and children who are affected by poverty, abuse and homelessness. Programs focus not only on crisis response and intervention but also on helping people realize their full potential. We provide programs that assist with
Additionally, for those seeking spiritual enlightenment, our Chaplaincy service is available to clients, staff and volunteers in all programs for pastoral counsel and guidance.abuse counseling and support groups, addiction and we offer employment and job training sessions. We also offer basic services for struggling families, including food, shelter and clothing.
Whether you are looking to volunteer or in need of one our many programs, the doors at the Mission Services are always open. We will continue to work hard at breaking the cycle of poverty and providing hope for the people in greater Hamilton.
193 Wellington Street North
Monday – Sunday: 12 am – 12 pm
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