Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is the House of Blessing?
The House of Blessing is a Christian, non-denominational, social service organization that provides free food, clothing, housewares, toys and family resources to people in need in our community. We also administer community programs such as Feline Friends, Jumpstart Sports Funding, Stratford Sports Funding, and Kiwanis Christmas Hampers as well as provide various community referrals.
2. How do people access the House of Blessing?
Some people hear about the House of Blessing from friends and simply walk-in for help. Numerous community agencies refer people to the House of Blessing including, Optimism Place, Emily Murphy Centre, the Children’s Aid Society, Canadian Mental Health Association and the City of Stratford Social Services department.
3. How often can someone come for help?
Individuals and families may come to the food bank once a month. Other services are available as needed.
4. Is there a means test that people have to pass?
Everyone is interviewed and we keep pertinent information in a confidential database. Individuals and families on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program automatically qualify for all of our services. When visiting the House of Blessing for the first time you will be assessed as to how we can properly address your needs to ensure you are receiving the proper help you require.
5. Does the House of Blessing promote any particular faith?
No, we are a charitable, social service organization, supported by local evangelical and main line churches and many caring individuals and businesses. People are served without regard to their religion, race, age or gender.
6. Are the financial accounts of the House of Blessing audited?
Yes. An independently audited statement is presented each year at our annual meeting and is available for review.
7. Are your donation receipts tax deductible?
The Stratford House of Blessing is a registered charitable organization with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency and therefore is able to provide tax receipts for gifts of cash in amounts of $10 or higher.
Our Registered Charity Number is: 119200020RR0001.
8. Does the House of Blessing sell any of its food supplies?
We never sell donated food supplies. We are a member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks and adhere to their Code of Ethics.
9. What are your hours of operation?
Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Food Bank: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
10. How can I volunteer?
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at House of Blessing please contact
Sandy our Volunteer Coordinator at 519-273-3433 ext. 204
11. Can I donate furniture, clothing or housewares?
No, we are no longer are accepting furniture, clothing, or houseware donations. However, we accept brand new school supplies for our Off to School Smiling program and new baby items for our baby welcome baskets.