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New Life Neighbourhood Centre

Making a difference in our community, one life at a time.
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The New Life Neighbourhood Centre (Neighbourhood Centre) is dedicated to following Christ’s example by helping individuals and families in our community obtain essential food and acquire skills that lead to self-sufficiency and a pathway to independence. The Centre is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and can be reached by phone at (905) 404-2004.

Our Impact

The Neighbourhood Centre by the numbers (2019).

School children meals distributed

Breakfasts served

Hygiene packages distributed

Meal boxes distributed

Community-building is a collective effort.

Thank you to our partners and supporters.

Feed the Need
Ontario Government
DRIVEN
City of Oshawa
GAP Committee logo
Seventh-day Adventist Church logo
TRU Potential logo
Keller Williams Energy Real Estate, Brokerage logo

The Optimist Club

Mash Team logo

Testimonials

Neighbourhood Centre pancake breakfast
“New Life Neighbourhood Centre is like a second home to me. It’s a welcoming, safe space, where you can take positive life-changing workshops like TRUPotential; make amazing new friends, give and receive supports when life throws you challenges. You are surrounded by leaders who truly care, find creative outside the box solutions to your challenges, and walk alongside you on your journey to have a new life! Here, at New Life, they speak with integrity, walk with integrity, show you integrity and you also feel it. You know you will never walk alone.”  – Selena Hind
“True leaders build strong relationships based on trust, believing in and investing in one another by accepting you for who you truly are. They provide unconditional love, support, hope and resources when you have the freedom to choose your dreams and have people walk alongside you. There’s a joy in moving toward new life that is so peaceful and empowering.” – April Hind
Neighbourhood Centre pancake breakfast
Ann Thompson, director of the Neighbourhood Centre

“Here at the New life Neighbourhood Centre, we are a little family doing big things. We try to bring smiles on people’s faces everyday. Volunteering here makes me feel like a part of something greater. The amount of happiness and satisfaction I get from here is priceless.” – Sumaira Imtiaz

Programs & Services

Meal Boxes

You can pick up meal boxes (grocery) on Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week between 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Single, double, and family-size groceries are provided. Pre-registration is required and can be done in person.  Identification and income statement must be provided at the time of registration.

Continental Breakfast

A continental breakfast is offered on the 2nd Saturday of every month between 10:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. This is a free breakfast program which includes bagels, spreads, muffins, fruit, cereal, hot and cold beverages. Pre-registration is not required.

Pancake Breakfast

A pancake breakfast is offered on the 3rd Sunday of every month between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.   It features pancakes, sausages, French toast, hash browns, boiled eggs, applesauce, fruit, hot and cold beverages. Pre-registration is not required.

Hygiene Packages

We distribute hygiene packages monthly for women and quarterly for families during our meal box distribution. These bags contain toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, and other personal hygiene products.

Out of the Cold / Filling in the Gap (seasonal)

During the very cold winter months we open up our doors on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month as well as every Wednesday evening to offer soup, pastries, warmth, listening ear, prayer, and much more. Times TBA. Pre-registration is not required.

Emergency clothes and care packages

Distribution of blankets, gloves, snacks, socks, etc. to the homeless and shelters in Oshawa.

School Children Snack Program

The Neighbourhood Centre partners with the Optimist Club of Oshawa to provide weekly snacks to schools for children who arrive at school without a breakfast or lunch.

Referrals

We connect people who need housing with Durham Housing Retention Program.

Workshops

We partner with TRU Potential to provide the Self-empowerment and Livelihood Improvement Project (SLIP) to those who would like to realize their true potential. See this brochure. Other workshops are coming soon.

Community BBQ (seasonal)

Our largest outdoor event generally held in August every year where we get to interact with the community, share hotdogs, burgers, corn, music and fellowship.

Community Dinner (seasonal)

At Christmas time we offer a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Everyone gets a turkey/chicken hamper. Stockings and toys are distributed to the children.

How to get involved

Most people are willing to help others but may not know exactly what is needed or how to go about helping their community. They may even wonder if their contribution will really make a difference. Our staff can help you find a program or cause that you strongly believe in so that your donation is as meaningful to you as those who will benefit from it. You can make a difference!

It doesn’t require a lot of time or energy to pack food for a family, prepare a nutritious breakfast for the hungry, or help someone up the stairs but it does require a lot of heart. Volunteer opportunities range from program support to assisting with a special fundraising event to simply helping people feel valued and cared for in a time of need.

If you are interested in volunteering with us whether in the Food Bank, Breakfast Program, at an event or in Fundraising, please email us or call (905) 404-2004.

There are three ways that you can help to make a difference.

When you give, you help to feed someone that is hungry, clothe someone that is cold, or find shelter for someone that is homeless. Thanks for giving toward our mission! Your gift inspires us and inspires others.

Interac e-Transfer

Give by emailing funds directly from your bank account app on your smart phone or using your computer. Send your funds to
newlifetreasurer@adventistontario.org.
Fill out the optional message section to let the treasurer know how you would like to designate the funds (food, hygiene supplies, workshops, etc.).

AdventistGiving

Visit AdventistGiving and sign up to give on a weekly or monthly basis, or whenever you designate, using your debit or credit card to donate online. You will be directed to the New Life Church’s online donation page. Once you are logged in, scan through the list and enter the amount you want to donate in the box to the right of “Neighbourhood Centre.” Follow the instructions for completing your donation. You can also download the free app from the App Store or Google Play Store to give on the go!

Direct Mail

Give by sending us a cheque via direct mail. Donations should be addressed to:
Treasurer, New Life Church
33 Olive Avenue
Oshawa, ON  L1H 2N7

If you have further questions about giving to New Life Neighbourhood Centre, please email us at or call the treasurer at 905-922-6692. An income tax receipt will be issued at year-end. Charitable registration #107797383 RR 0063.

Find us in the heart of Oshawa

The Neighbourhood Centre in Pictures

Nearby Resources

We support the work of other relief agencies in the Oshawa community, including: