The New Life 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 every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and can be reached by phone at (905) 404-2004.
2023 Christmas at NLNC
Happy New Year! On behalf of the New Life Neighbourhood Centre, we want to express our heartfelt appreciation for the collective effort and support of everyone who has helped to make 2023 a year of great blessing to the Community of Oshawa and surrounding areas. Thank You St John’s Ambulance Durham Branch for toys & food Drive; Nerds on Site/Coloma family for food drive and gifts; Keller Williams Realtor Turkey Hampers;The Mash Team at Coldwell Bankers for toys and gifts; Mistie Roberts & Sharon Maccrimmon for Christmas stockings and gifts; Feed The Need food supplies;The Eagles Girls U15 Softball team, Oshawa Lady Generals Girls U13 hockey team, Oshawa Lady B’s girls U18 Softball team and Oshawa Generals U10 AAA hockey team for their time, food and hygiene supplies. Our dedicated Volunteers, Church Members, Sponsors who adopted families for Christmas and friends who supported financially; Thank You All!
As you reflect on 2023, know that you had a hand in making a difference in the lives of others. You have helped us this past Christmas to serve approximately 320 cooked meals; distributed approximately 130 Turkey and Chicken Hampers; over 300 Toys and Stockings to those less fortunate in our community.
May you have a blessed 2024 full of service, success and love! Let’s make this year even better than last year.
Ann Thompsom (NLNC Director)
2023 Annual “Nerds on Site” Food Drive
Big thank you to the C0loma family and the Nerds on Site team for their continued support of the New Life Neighborhood Centre through their annual Nerds on Site Food Drive. They have been such a blessing to those in need. Their Food Drive last Sunday brought in 1,700 lbs of food🙏
Thank you to Nofrills (Agostino and Nancy) for allowing the Nerds on Site the space at their store for this event. Also a big Thank You to the donors who contributed to the food drive.
There is a tremendous need in our community. We have seen the number of people relying on our Foodbank doubled over the last couple months.
So on behalf of New Life Neighborhood Centre, thank you everyone for your help in making a difference.
Ann Thompson (NLNC Director)
2022 Christmas at NLNC
On behalf of the New Life Neighbourhood Centre, Big Thank You to our volunteers, church members and community donors including: St John’s Ambulance – Toy & Food Drive; Keller Williams Realtor- Turkey Hampers; The Mash Team at Coldwell Bankers & Spirit Alive -Toys and gifts; Mistie & Sharon- Christmas Stockings; Feed The Need- Food items; Trafalgar High School- Poinsettias; The Oshawa Lady B’s U17 Softball Team- Hygiene sorting and packaging; The Whitby Wolves U11A Hockey Team – food items/sorting and packaging; Sponsors who adopted families for Christmas; Friends and who supported financially.
The Neighbourhood Centre by the numbers (2022).
School children meals distributed
Hygiene packages distributed
Meal boxes distributed
Community-building is a collective effort.
Thank you to our partners and supporters.
“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 (Updated)
You can pick up meal boxes (grocery) on Thursdays of every week between 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Single, double, and family-size groceries are provided. You need to pre-register for the meal box. To pre-register, please call 905-404-2004. You will receive the date and time to pick up your meal box. Identification must be provided at the time of registration.
Continental Breakfast (Updated)
Our continental breakfast is coming Soon in 2023. This is a free breakfast program which includes bagels, spreads, muffins, fruit, cereal, hot and cold beverages. Pre-registration is not required.
Pancake Breakfast (Updated)
Our pancake breakfast is not available at the moment. It features pancakes, sausages, French toast, hash browns, boiled eggs, applesauce, fruit, hot and cold beverages. Pre-registration is not required.
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) (Updated)
The program is not Available at the moment. 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.
Homeless backpacks, Emergency clothes and care packages
Distribution of backpacks, 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.
We connect people who need housing with Durham Housing Retention Program.
NLNC Productivity HUB
Check out here how we at New Life Neighbourhood Centre are helping individuals in the community rebuild their lives through the NLNC Productivity HUB.
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.
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.
Give by emailing funds directly from your bank account app on your smart phone or using your computer. Send an e-mail money transfer to
email@example.com. Fill out the optional message section with “Neighbourhood Centre” or ” nlnc“.
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!
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
Fill out the memo section on the cheque with “Neighbourhood Centre” or ” nlnc“.
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.
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