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A helping hand for those in need

For many in the St. Catharines’ region, Southridge Community Church needs no introduction. Southridge is a non-profit corporation, and registered charity, and a Meridian Small Business Community Impact Award finalist, whose efforts touch many parts of the community.

Member Snapshot:

With three locations in St. Catharines, Vineland, and Welland, this Meridian Small Business Member hosts Sunday morning services and encourages smaller group meetings throughout the week. Each Southridge location has identified an area of need within their specific geographic location, which they call “Anchor Causes”.

Community Impact:

In St. Catharines, the Anchor Cause is Homelessness. The Southridge Shelter, a 40-bed emergency hostel for men and women, opened its doors in 2005. Since inception, they have served over 300,000 meals and provided over 120,000 bed nights for those without a home. As an extension of the services provided by the Shelter, Southridge also runs a social enterprise—the Southridge Jam Company—which offers employment and life skills to former shelter residents.

In Vineland, Southridge has partnered with local farmers to connect with seasonal Caribbean workers. To date the church is connected with over 25 farms, which represent over 300 workers. In addition to regular farm visits, Southridge hosts a bi-weekly medical clinic, which provides access to much needed health care services.

In Welland, the Anchor Cause is a connection with local at-risk kids, and sole-support families. This is lived out through a partnership with Rose City Kids to provide bi-weekly kids programming, tutoring, and leadership development.

Beyond Borders

The entire Southridge community also rallies around families abroad through its partnership with Compassion Canada. Compassion connects Southridge to communities in the developing world through sponsoring Child Survival Programs in Ecuador, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Rwanda. These programs provide nutrition, education, and other resources to families.

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