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What is Building Hope?

Building Hope is the capital campaign to raise funds for the new Lighthouse Community Services Hub facility in the heart of downtown Orillia.

The Lighthouse Community Services Hub and Lighthouse Supportive Housing will serve Orillia's vulnerable, offering a range of housing as well as emergency food and shelter, primary care, mental health and addiction services for people who are experiencing a housing crisis. Our goal is to promote overall wellness for individuals and families and help alleviate chronic homelessness, addiction and poverty. 

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What will be offered?

Phase 1 - Government Funding - Home for Good Funding through the Province of Ontario, County of Simcoe and City of Orillia - Ground Breaking was on May 5, 2019

  • Supportive Housing - 20 Supportive Housing Units

Phase 2 - Capital Campaign - Currently in Public Phase to raise $3 million as of February 2019

  • Emergency Shelter - 40 emergency beds for men, women, youth and families

  • Soup Kitchen

  • Separate Mental Wellness Wing with 5 separate bedroom spaces

  • Wraparound supports such as addictions counselling, mental health counselling, life skills training, spiritual support

Phase 3 - Future Private Developer - no fundraising for this phase

  • Affordable Housing - 10-14 units


Who Is The Building Hope Team?

The Building Hope Team brings together experienced and community-minded individuals, offering their time and skills to move Building Hope forward. We have approximately 80 volunteers and contracted experts working tirelessly behind the scenes, planning, fundraising and raising awareness for the Building Hope project.

Building Hope Fundraising Team Leads:


Glenn Wagner Charlene Taylor

Campaign Manager: Lynn Thomas, Development Coordinator

Executive Director of The Lighthouse: Linda Goodall

The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter
48 Peter Street South
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5B1

P: (705) 329-2265
F: (705) 329-3621