People at Welcome Inn

Denise Graham Denise Graham,
Inaugural Manager,
New Horizons

As inaugural Manager of New Horizons, opened in 1986, I was blessed by the many varied and wonderful experiences I shared with the volunteers and board members throughout those first 7yrs. I remember fondly, the groups of volunteers from WI, L'Arche or HMC who would arrive monthly to sort through the mountains of donations armed with a sense of purpose and the gift of fellowship. After a number of hours in the basement, they would visit with one another in the front coffee shop area of the store. Most days, Steven, who worked full time washing all of the clothing, the regular customers and the crossing guards who liked to drop in for a quick peek at the racks would join the conversation and visit. 

Denise has been reconnecting with Welcome Inn, after many years away, by joining the Seniors for lunch, participating in the Soul Food meeting at The Commons, exploring her business skills with bizPLAN and sharing her stories.



Welcome Inn Community Centre of Hamilton is a special place in the heart of Hamilton's North End. Here people are welcomed, celebrated and empowered to give as well as receive. Since 1966, the poverty of loneliness and exclusion has been overcome with friendship and compassion. At Welcome Inn, we practice community as a two-way street; join in learning and contributing to build inclusive and resilient community!

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 Hundreds of individuals, churches, volunteers, service clubs, community agencies, staff and neighbours make it possible to connect people and build resilient community.



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Hundreds of people participate in programs or receive services from Welcome Inn each year. It is through these activities that strong and supportive relationships develop and grow.

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