About the centre of hope


The Centre of Hope is located in the heart of downtown Fort McMurray.  The Centre of Hope is the only day-time drop in centre for the homeless and near homeless in the municipality of Wood Buffalo.  We officially opened our doors in September 2006.    We have been able to continue providing services within the community year after year because of the generous contributions from funding partners – The United Way, The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo through the Housing 1st Program, NEAFAN for Captain’s Place and the many contributions made available from industry, private business and the general public.

We strive to be an advocate for the homeless in our community.  We value the inherit dignity and worth of every single individual who enters our doors and becomes part of the Centre of Hope family.  We foster an environment whereby our patrons feel no judgement, no shame, and that we care for them unconditionally.  We meet our patrons where they are at, and work tirelessly every day to bring about positive change in their lives.

Most chronically homeless individuals have spent years cycling between treatment programs, mat programs, hospitals, jails and treatment programs again.  Many have serious/ chronic illnesses, alcohol and/or drug addictions thus they face daily obstacles and insurmountable barriers and find themselves sleeping ‘rough’ each night. (Outside in the elements, in tents, under trees and in alleyways).  They are lost, lonely and intoxicated …. Confused and desolate.

Each of our programs is geared toward the specific needs of our homeless clients.  We have a passion to bring about change in the lives of each and every patron who accesses the Centre of Hope. We offer a comprehensive services and supports.

We are open 7 days a week from 8:30 am – 4:00pm closed from lunch from 11:30-12:30pm.

Our Mission Statement:

“Ending Homelessness through collaboration with the community and its support systems”

Our Vision Statement:

“To have a positively impacted community through the prevention of homelessness.” (Vision 2020)