“I used to cook soup on my stove all day and every day. There was no time when there wasn’t a pan of soup cooking, because I had 400 families to look after.”
–Leone Taylor, Founder of Associated Charities
1919: And so it began…the organization that is today known as Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold. The founding members included Judge John Campbell, Mrs. Campbell, Magistrate James Campbell and Mrs. Charles Taylor. Leone Taylor passed away after a very benevolent life in the early 1970s at the age of 93, leaving an incredible legacy and the testimony of the power of one.
- 1953 to date: The United Way was organized and Associated Charities was one of the first agencies to be assisted.
- 1956: 8 Centre St. was rented for $20 a month until the agency moved to a shed on Helliwell’s Lane.
- 1958 to date: The May Court Club started to distribute Christmas toys, in partnership with the agency, to parents of children in need.
- 1959: Moved to a store room in the Grantham Township Annex on King St.
- 1961: Moved to 2 Queenston St. where Mrs. Alice Bryne was the first staff member hired for 75 cents/hour.
- 1965: Moved to 31 Queenston St.
- June 1968: The agency received its Province of Ontario Charter as a Registered Charity.
- July 1968: The first official board meeting was held.
- 1971: Moved to 44 St. Paul Crescent
- 1973: Name changed to Associated Services reflecting the expanded programs offered.
- 1984: Expanded to Thorold. Food and clothing was distributed in the basement of Thorold’s City Hall, formerly L.G. Lorriman Central School, on Carlton St. before moving to its current location at 19 Albert Street West in 2004. The adjacent Thrift Store opened on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2005.
- 1989: The agency moved to 264 Welland Ave.
- 1993: Name changed to Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold, reflecting our partnership within the entire community.
- 1994: Community Care moved down the road to 264 Welland Ave.
- 1998: Niagara Nutrition Partners was established Region-wide, offering nutrition support programs in elementary and secondary schools and community-based programs.
- 1999: 15 semi-tractor trailers moved Community Care from Welland Ave. to 12 North Street. Community Care, Housing Help Centre and YMCA of Niagara (Employment Program) co-located to offer seamless service delivery to those in need. The YMCA Employment Program relocated to the upper level of the agency until its expansion forced it to relocate in 2011.
- 2001: The Housing Help Centre opened in the small building adjacent to Community Care at 14 North St. through federal funding.
- 2005: Housing Help surrendered its charter and merged with Community Care.
- 2009: 90th Anniversary introduces a new look.
- 2011: Housing Help moved from its 14 North St. location to 129 Church St., enabling all of Community Care’s Programs to be under one roof (North St. and Church St. location are encompassed in one building).
- 2013: A new delivery truck was donated in honour of our friend Mr. Chuck Smith through The Wise Guys Charity Fund.
- 2014: The 95th Year Anniversary Community Care presently offers 17 programs to those in need in our community.
- 2017: Community Care delivers 19 programs and services to the community.
- 2019: Community Care celebrates 100 years of service
Social service in Canada has experienced great change since the post WWI era; however, the foundation on which the agency was built remains constant.