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Where did the summer go? 

It's hard to believe, but August is wrapping up and September is right around the corner. It's back to school time! 

And, thanks to generous donors like you and corporate sponsors like Fusion Homes, Skyline, and Sutherland Insurance and Intact Insurance, over 1,150 children and youth are returning to school prepared for success! 


Together with the help of the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, we coordinate the collection of school supplies to provide every child in need in Guelph Wellington with a brand new, fully stocked backpack.

Through our application process, we gather information on the student in order to offer a brand new backpack and supplies customized to their needs through an affordable pay what you can back-to-school market.

By owning something brand new, our kids feel that they matter, that they are valued and that they have not been overlooked or forgotten. With your generosity, they return ready to learn with a more relaxed state of mind and self-confidence going into a new school year.

There is no better way to exemplify this than with a real life story like that of Abi and Stella. 

Abi and Stella at age 7 proudly wearing their new backpacks!

Abi and Stella are no strangers to HOPE House. Now 14 years old, the twins’ mom, Bree, has been accessing our services for a number of years and the three of them have come through our doors once more; this time, though, they arrive with a desire to give back.

They’re here, they proudly announce, to sign up to volunteer for the Guelph Community Backpack Market. Partnering with the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, HOPE House coordinates the collection of school supplies to provide every child in need with a brand new, fully stocked backpack.

“When we were little we had a bit less than we do now,” explains Stella. “We didn’t have enough money to get backpacks and supplies for school, but we had the opportunity to come here and get some and now we’ve come to give back because you gave so much to us”.

Continue to read Abi and Stella's story here

Guelph Community
Backpack Sponsors

We can't do what we do without the help of individual donors and sponsors. 

We offer genuine gratitude to every person who donated to this important project and to the following sponsors: 
All said and done, we still need $2000 to cover the cost of all of the backpacks and supplies that were distributed this year. Can you help? 
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