The Lord Elgin Hotel, along with our sister properties in Ottawa, the Metcalfe Hotel and the Residence Inn by Marriott are very excited to announce our Summer BBQ and Bake Sale on August 30th, in support of Operation Come Home, a local charity helping our homeless youth help themselves.

On August 30th, join us from 11am to 1:30pm for a hearty lunch (choice of: Hamburger, Veggie Burger or Grill 41 Shrimp or Vegetable Szechwan Chow Mein, served with chips and soft drink for $10).  A bake table with good old fashioned home baked goods prepared by staff will provide just the right sweet after your meal.  All proceeds will go to Operation Come Home Resource Centre.  CASH ONLY!!!! 

Operation come Home

“Operation Come Home (OCH) is a local registered charity that supports at-risk, vulnerable and homeless youth to address barriers in their lives that are preventing them from reaching their fullest potential. OCH’s mission is to prevent homeless youth from becoming homeless adults. The organization accomplishes this mission by providing a variety of programs and services such as: a built-in alternative high school; employment programs which assist youth with job searching, job preparation and job retention; a resource center that provides basic needs assistance and support; housing programs that assist with advocacy, housing searches, housing retention and financial education; an entrepreneurship program that coaches youth to start-up their own businesses; an addictions program; and four social enterprises. In 2016, Operation Come Home engaged over 630 unique clients who accessed at least one of OCH’s programs over for a total of 6,400+ times.

Operation Come Home

OCH has been operating social enterprises since 2008 and the focus has always been on creating sustainable businesses that contribute to the local economy, but more importantly, that provide meaningful job opportunities to youth. Youth are employed for 3-6 months depending on their needs and they are supported by a social support worker who teaches them basic job skills as well assisting them with other social skills. These other skills are more focused on professionalism, how to keep one’s personal life separate from their work life, anger management and other tools that, since missing, have caused them to lose jobs in the past. At the end of a social enterprise’s curriculum, youth are supported with resume development and assisted in finding a job in the community which they are now far more prepared to be able to maintain long term.

All of OCH’s employment programs and social enterprises have a mandatory financial literacy component so that youth can learn the skills to budget their money. The financial literacy is also provided as a free program to anyone who accesses OCH’s other services such as the resource center or school.

Overall, OCH is focused on empowering youth to succeed in whatever goals they have for themselves. This focus is then supported by OCH providing youth with the tools that they need in order to be able to accomplish those goals.”

The funds from the BBQ will be directed specifically to the resource centre at OCH. The resource centre provides services to approximately 450+ vulnerable youth on an annual basis. The purpose of the centre is to reduce harm for the youth that gain access, to decrease the number of incidents in the neighbourhood, to work with the community on health and safety issues and to provide essential services to homeless youth whilst encouraging youth to engage in employment and educational activities. The specific resource services OCH provides to vulnerable youth are as follows:

Basic needs, Referrals, General housing supports, Mental, sexual health and addictions supports, Breakfast and brown bag lunches “to go”, Counseling, Crisis intervention, Resume and cover letter preparation, Internal referrals to housing, school, jobs in our social enterprises and long term counseling.

The proceeds from the BBQ will go toward staff resources to provide individualized services to youth that come to the resource centre. On any given day, OCH serves 30-50 youth in the morning.