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 Emergency Social Services and Crisis Assistance 

Inn of the Good Shepherd

115 John Street, Sarnia ON


·         519 344-1746 - Administration /Homelessness

·         519 344-1777 - Soup Kitchen and Food Bank

·         519 344-1679 - The Good Shepherd's Lodge - Emergency Shelter-Transitional Shelter

Homelessness Program 

Monday to Friday 8:30 - 4:30pm

·         Rent/Utility Bank (by appointment) 

·         Emergency Shelter - The Good Shepherds Lodge

Food Bank

Monday - Friday 9:30 - 11:30am

What you need to do:

·         To register and receive a food bank card you will need to provide identification for yourself and family members, rent receipt and income verification

·         If already registered then you just need to provide your food bank card

What they will do for you:

·         You will be able to select your own food items.  Quantity is based on the size of the family.

·         You can access the food bank every 21 days

Soup Kitchen

Monday - Friday: 1:00 - 2:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: 4:30 - 5:30pm

·         A hot meal is served 365 days a year.

What you need to do:

·         Just show up during meal time hours


Tuesdays: 12:00 - 3:00pm

·         A free "store" with clothing and small household items

The Haven

444 Kathleen Street, Sarnia ON

519 336-5941

·         Emergency shelter for youth 16-21 years of age


Salvation Army

970 Confederation Street, Sarnia ON

519 344-1142

Monday: 1:00 - 4:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 9:00am - noon; 1:00 - 4:00pm

What you need to do:

·         Bring identification

·         Bring a rent or mortgage receipt and any hydro or gas receipt to show that you have paid your rent, hydro or gas

·         A food bank card if applicable

What they will do for you:

·         Put your name in their computer

·         Give you pre selected food for your needs now

·         Help with rent, utility bills and prescription medications

*Note: After you use their services, they ask that you wait 6 weeks before coming in again


St. Vincent de Paul Society

Contact you're nearest Catholic Church or the St. Vincent de Paul store

519 337-7089

 What you need to do:

·         Once the church is approached, they contact the St. Vincent de Paul Society

·         A member of the society will visit you to see what you need from them

What they will do for you:

·         They will give you food products to help you now and food vouchers so that you can get some food later

·         Will assist with furniture, beds, etc

*You don't need to be Catholic or Christian for this group to assist you



519 336-5465

September to June: Tuesday - Friday; 9:00am - noon

July and August: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday:  9:00am - noon

What you need to do:

·         Call during office hours or leave a message any time and volunteers will return your call when they open

What they will do for you:

·         Many churches in sarnia refer callers to NeighbourLink and volunteers from those churches assist with a variety of community needs

·         Will firstly refer callers to existing agencies, if you qualify there

·         Will contact churches who are equipped with food assistance as needed

*NeighbourLink is not an emergency service and requires one to two weeks notice to arrange services

Other Food Banks


 Community Legal Assistance Sarnia (CLAS)

201 N. Front Street, Sarnia ON

519 332-8055


Social Services

Ontario Works 519 344-2062

Ontario Disability Support Program 519 337-3735


The County of Lambton Housing Services

Community Support Worker - 519 344-2062 ext 2174

Housing Supports and referrals to assist individuals to maintain their housing and prevent eviction.


Trustee for Financial Management Assistance

The Family Counselling Centre

1086 Modeland Road, Sarnia ON

519 336-0120


Union Gas Winter Warmth Program

The Salvation Army

519 344-1142


Eviction Assistance

Community Legal Assistance Sarnia (CLAS)

201 Front St N., Sarnia, ON

519 332-8055


Landlord and Tenant Board



Bluewater Power - Low Income Emergency Assistance Program (LEAP)

To qualify for this program please contact the following agencies:

  • The Inn of the Good Shepherd 519 344-1746 ext 301
  • The Salvation Army 519 344-1142
  • St. Vincent de Paul 519 337-1058
  • Ontario Works 519-344-2062
  • Ontario Disability Support Program 519 337-3735
  • MPP Bob Bailey 519 337-0051

For payment and to arrange an arrears management program contact the Bluewater Power Credit Department at 519 337-8201 or or email  

Hydro One

To qualify, please contact their toll free number for initial intake and referral to a local agency



Other Emergency Shelter Services and Crisis Assistance 

24 hour Crisis Line (519) 336-5200 or Toll free 1-800-265-1412

Trained counsellors provide support, information, and advocacy to women experiencing abuse. Women’s Interval Home staff receive specialized training in order to assist women with their housing, legal, financial, and safety planning needs. Confidential, non-judgmental counselling is provided to residential and non-residential clients at no charge..


Victim Services of Sarnia-Lambton

519 344-8861 ext 5238; 1-888-281-.3665 ext 5238

Victim Services of Sarnia Lambton, Inc. is a non-profit community based organization working in co-operation with local emergency service providers and other related community services to meet the short-term needs of victims of crime and tragic circumstances by providing emotional support, practical assistance and referrals to community resources.


Sarnia Lambton Children's Aid Society

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected phone 1-519-336-0623. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ontario's 53 Children's Aid Societies (CASs) are not-for-profit agencies that protects children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect.


Sarnia-Lambton Committee Against Trafficking of Women and Children

The Committee Against Trafficking of Women and Children is comprised of individuals and organizations concerned with and working to address the problem of human trafficking in Sarnia-Lambton. The Committee works to increase public awareness of the issue locally and is in the midst of coordinating the development of a community-wide protocol for supporting and assisting victims of human trafficking in Sarnia-Lambton.

The committee meets monthly. If you are interested in joining or would like further information, please contact


Sexual Assault Survivors' Centre Sarnia-Lambton

Sexual assault is any unwanted act of a sexual nature. It is a crime in Canada, even if it occurs in a marriage or dating relationship. Since 1982, the Sexual Assault Survivors' Centre Sarnia-Lambton has been providing a full-range of services to victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse including a 24 hour crisis line, individual and group counselling, outreach programming, advocacy, public education and training.

For more information, please visit or call their office line at 519-337-3154.  24 Hour Crisis Line: 519-337-3320