About The Drop In Centre
The Drop In Centre (also called The Welcome In Drop In Centre) is a community space in downtown Guelph that offers a multitude of services, especially for those living on a limited income. It provides a place to meet with friends and have a meal, access shelter if needed, and connect with support services to improve quality of life.
The Centre welcomes all individuals, offering a sense of community friendship, happiness and hope to everyone who walks in the door. The Drop In Centre is a place for everyone — regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or any other factor.
The Drop In Centre is open from 8 am to 3 pm each day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year.
Our vision is a community where all individuals have access to healthy food, a safe place to call home, and the support around them to build a life they define as a happy one.
Our mission is to provide responsive support to the most vulnerable individuals in our community.
The Drop In Centre
The Drop In Centre was founded in 1983 by Sister Christine Leyser in downtown Guelph. Sister Christine started with the idea of creating a community space that was welcoming to all individuals, especially those living on a limited income. The goal of Sister Christine was to provide food and friendship, and connect individuals to the supports they needed.
The Drop In Centre started on MacDonnell Street in a small location. After a couple of moves and spending many years on Wyndham Street, The Drop In Centre moved to its current location at 23 Gordon Street.
In 1986, homelessness was identified as a concern in Guelph. In partnership with the County of Wellington, The Drop In Centre started the Stepping Stone Shelter on Highway 6, providing 18 beds to both men and women.
In 2002, a Women’s Shelter was opened for women and children. Over the years, the local motels have been used for families and individuals that are working for a week at a time.
Yorkhaven Supportive Housing
In 1991, The Drop In Centre partnered with the Guelph Non Profit Housing Corporation and opened a 24 unit complex called Yorkhaven. This housing complex provides long-term, affordable housing to individuals who are known to the Drop In Centre and experiencing homelessness.