The ministries of Community and Family Services, under the direction of Bonita McCourt, include the following:

    Adventure Camps - All Ontario Overnight Camping Programs:  The Blaze - an overnight summer camp located at The Salvation Army Jackson's Point for children ages 7 to 12.  Activities include sports, campfires, swimming, crafts, rock-climbing and more.  Newport Adventure - A wilderness camping experience located in a beautiful natural site in the Muskoka.  enjoy adventurous canoe trips, nightly campfires, hiking and fun and games.  for teens ages 11-17.

    Christmas Hampers - Are available for qualified families and individuals who could not otherwise enjoy Christmas Dinner.  Applications are available from mid-October to early December.

    Christmas Kettles

    Emergency Services - Food, clothing, and household needs are available by appointment to individuals and families requiring assistance.

    Emergency/Disaster Services

    Family Tracing - offers services for individuals attempting to reunite with family members.

    Harvest Dinner (Thanksgiving) - provides a place of support, comfort, encouragement, and celebration for those who would not otherwise enjoy this time with their family.  Each year this dinner services approximately 350 individuals.

    Rent/Utility Bank - is available to qualified individuals either facing eviction from unpaid rent or facing the loss of energy source because of arrears, when funding is available.

    Rent Deposit Assistance Program - assists households currently homeless, under-housed or at risk of homelessness due to a lack of affordability with the deposit of the last month rent required by a landlord prior to permitting residency.

    Share The Warmth supports qualified families and seniors with their utility bills (during peak heating season only).

    Supervised Child Access - This program offers a safe, neutral and child-focused setting for visits and exchanges between children and non-residential parents/family members who are experiencing conflict in their custody and access.  Serving the counties of Frontenac, and Lennox and Addington.  Phone 613-542-8533, email, or website

    Summer Day Camp - for children ages 5-11 camps are available during July-August, Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  This is an enjoyable week for children, prepared and run by a team of qualified staff with activities such as crafts, games, Bible teachings, swimming, singing, and much more fun!  email

    The Gathering Place is a day shelter initiative which serves Kingston's homeless and their peers, those in transition and those at risk of losing their housing.  We provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where people can take shelter from harsh and inclement weather, eat light nutritious meals and "hang out" with their peers.  The Gathering Place is mandated to provide supervised, accessible programs and services such as information sessions on relevant topics, one-on-one support and referrals to other appropriate services in the city.  Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays 3:00pm-5:00pm and Sundays open from 12pm-4pm, meal from 12:30pm-2:30pm. 

    Volunteer Opportunities - Community and Family Services has many volunteer opportunities awaiting you.  We value our volunteer workers and recognize the importance they play in serving our community.  Volunteers contribute to the vitality of our ministry by a personal commitment of time, energy, service and spirit.  To find out how you can volunteer in the programs or services such as the following please call 613-548-4411.

    • Office Support / Data entry
    • The Gathering Place
    • Summer Day Camp
    • Supervised Access
    • Food Drives