History of Hope House

Sustain Hope Capital Campaign

On Saturday April 30th, 2022, with Hope House friends, community members and donors, we celebrated a successful Capital Campaign and Building Naming Ceremony.

With a goal of two million dollars, the funds raised through the Capital Campaign will pay off the purchase of the Hope House building and complete essential renovations to ensure accessibility and safety.

Thanks to substantial efforts from our community including the Barr Family, we are thrilled to announce that nearly $2,500,000 was raised through the Capital Campaign, and that our building is now called “The David Barr Memorial Building.”

Our Team

Jaya James

Executive Director

519-265-4299 ext 22

My Role At Hope House

I can help you with answering questions about how Hope House operates and our goals for the future. As the Executive Director, I am responsible to ensure we have a clear focus and are moving towards our mission and vision. I provide leadership to our social enterprise, the Better Food Co that produces prepared meals each month for sale and supports our food programs. I often say that my job summed up is to move everything out of the way so my staff can do their jobs to the best of their ability.

Gillian Cornell

Programs Director

519-265-4299 ext 29

My Role At Hope House

I can help you access food, a take-away breakfast, hygiene products or clothing, and other associated programming after registering through our social support workers.

John Collins

Community Engagement Manager

519-265-4299 ext 27

My Role At Hope House

I can help show you where your dollars go within the walls of Hope House and the community we serve. I can tailor a giving program that reflects both your personal or Corporate goals with a yearly review. Understanding our programs and the people we serve begins by building relationships with our Champions. I welcome the opportunity to showcase our amazing facility with a guided tour and program information.

Meg Ryan

Communications and Events Lead

519-265-4299 ext 28

My Role At Hope House

I am responsible for all social media, digital communications, and support of Hope House events (Coldest Night of the Year, Hope in the Street, and Joy Home Tour). I also help connect people to the right person in Hope House who can best assist them. My role is key in keeping the community, volunteers, and donors connected and up-to-date.

Jackie Keenan

Gift In Kind Coordinator

519-265-4299 ext 24

My Role At Hope House

I can help you with sizable donation pick-ups of food or clothing.
Contact me for information about our Givers of HOPE Program.

Nicole Barrette

Volunteer & Placement Coordinator

519-265-4299 ext 24

My Role At Hope House

I am responsible for ensuring the safe and effective delivery of Hope House immediate relief programs by onboarding, training, and supervising volunteers. I oversee and provide support to individuals participating in the Ease into Work program. Please contact me if you’re interesting in volunteering!

Annu Aikulola

Program Assistant

519-265-4299 ext 23

My Role At Hope House

I am responsible for supporting our community members through system navigation and ongoing support. I can help connect you with valuable resources in our community, and I can provide you with the support that you need.

Laura Moreno

Intake Support Worker

519-265-4299 ext. 26

My Role At Hope House

I can help you register to access the services provided at Hope house. I can also help you navigate other supports and resources in the community.

Pam Harrison

Community Farmer


My Role At Hope House

I run the Harvest of Hope program at the Northfield Farm, which provides fresh produce to our food market. I also lead our spring and summer horticultural therapy sessions. 

Kay Miller

Community Chef


My Role At Hope House

I bring people together to cook and share good food. I am focused on the development and delivery of food programming that helps to address issues of food insecurity in our community. I provide production leadership for the Better Food Co meals, our social enterprise that supports our food programs.

Mark Filo

Facility Manager


My Role At Hope House

I can help you by providing a clean and comfortable environment for you when you come visit us at Hope House.

Farm Assistant

Alyssa Robinson


My Role At Hope House

I assist our Community Farmer, Pam, at the farm planting, maintaining, and harvesting crops. I also help facilitate volunteers.

Ease Into Work Team Members:

Zach Bartley

Reception/Administrative Assistant

My Role At Hope House

I am an Ease Into Work Participant. This position is funded by the County of Wellington under their SPACES program. 

Board of Directors

To get in touch with the board, please email board@hopehouseguelph.ca

Eleanor Davidson


Marian Boyd

Vice Chair

Dustin Cleghorn


Liz O’Donnell


Jeff Groenewald


Frank Valeriote


Kim Robinson


Vince Rogers