Health & Wellness Programs

Counselling Services and Health Support

We provide counselling services, financial assistance for medical expenses, and an on-site REACH Medical Clinic at The Hope Centre in Welland.

Return2Hope Intake Form

Return2Hope Counselling


Return2Hope is a counselling program offered by The Hope Centre, dedicated to providing accessible and compassionate mental health support to individuals in the Welland community. Through personalized counseling services, workshops, and group therapy sessions, Return2Hope empowers individuals to overcome challenges, cultivate resilience, and lead fulfilling lives.

We offer free psychotherapy and/or supportive counselling services for low-income adults living in Welland and surrounding communities. Support is available for low-income individuals over the age of 25 that are dealing with grief, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, relationship issues, recovery from trauma or abuse, and more.

This service is intended to help individuals who are experiencing a serious disturbance to their thoughts, feelings, moods, and behaviours that negatively affects their day-to-day lives. The goal is to bring about positive change in the client’s thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning.

Our therapist will discuss the benefits, risks and expected outcomes of the treatment. The client’s informed consent is required before therapy begins and whenever additional therapeutic interventions may be helpful to meet the clients’ goals.

Return2Hope Group Therapy

Learn more about our weekly group therapy sessions offered at the Welland Public Library.

Return2Hope Intake Form

To get started please fill out our Return2Hope Intake Form.

Health Support

We provide limited funding for various medical expenses including dental services, eyeglasses and support for families facing financial hardship due to childhood illnesses. You must be a Welland resident to access these programs.

Contact our Program Coordinator at ext. 225 to determine eligibility for these programs.

Brushed Aside Program

The Brushed Aside Program can offer a loan of up to $1,000 toward certain dental treatments to those who do not have access to benefit coverage. Clients can pay back the loan at a minimum of $10 per month.

Sight Program

The sight program helps individuals that are NOT on social assistance who require financial assistance for a pair of prescription eyeglasses

Kacey Lynn Fund

Kacey Lynn was a five-year-old girl who battled cancer for four and a half years. Tragically, Kacey Lynn lost her battle and died at McMaster Hospital in June 1988. The financial hardship placed on the family highlighted the need for a program to help cover some of the costs incurred as a result of childhood illnesses.

In 1995 a Trust Fund was established in Kacey-Lynn’s name to assist her family and other low-income families in Welland, Port Colborne, and Pelham. This program has expanded and now families with sick or disabled children in all other areas in the Niagara Region can receive assistance.

The Hope Centre administers this fund for the community.

Funds for the program are made possible through local fundraisers held during the year. To qualify to apply for this program families must meet the following criteria:

Families must be low income
Children must be between 0-18 years of age
Costs must not be provided by another agency
Requests must be submitted in writing

If you or someone you know is in need of this kind of assistance or if you wish to donate please call 905-788-0744 for details and assistance.

REACH Niagara Medical Clinic

The REACH Niagara Medical Clinic provides non-judgemental and low-barrier health care services for people who don’t have access to, or are at risk of losing access to, basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. 

Every Wednesday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm the clinic is offered at The Hope Centre, 570 King Street.
No health card or appointment required.

The health care services includes; ongoing primary care, select form assistance, connection to supports, counselling, harm reduction supplies, preventative care screening and referrals. 

The clinic is a partnership between The Hope Centre, Reach Niagara and Niagara Medical Group Family Health Team.

To learn more about the REACH Niagara clinics, click here.