Glenhaven Memorial Gardens donates to Home Base Housing

Glenhaven Memorial Gardens donates to Home Base Housing

i Aug 9th No Comments by
A big “thank you” to Dan Zemba and Denis Valente of Glenhaven Memorial Gardens who presented Tom Greening, our Executive Director, with a $1,000 cheque from the Arbor Memorial Foundation. They learned about Home Base Housing and wanted to help those who need it most!

Thanks for your generous donation!

Pictured:  Denis Valente – GMG, Tom Greening – HBH, Dan Zemba – GMG.

Home to Home – Granting support to Lily

i Jul 31st No Comments by
On July 28, 2018, the local Home Depot store celebrated its 20th anniversary and used the special event to announce The Home Depot Canada Foundation  grant being awarded to Home Base Housing’s Lily’s Place Emergency Shelter. The $35,000 grant supports initiatives that prevent and end youth homelessness through renovation and repair projects that provide youth access to safe, stable shelter and support services.  We are grateful to The Home Depot Canada Foundation for selecting Home Base Housing’s Lily’s Place Emergency Shelter for this grant.

Lily’s Place Emergency Shelter is the only shelter in Kingston that is specifically for families who are experiencing homelessness; many with youth and small children.  Its 19-bed capacity in a home-like environment makes the shelter as close to “home” as possible.  In addition to Emergency Shelter Workers who assist the families “in house”, there are also Housing First Case Managers who meet, assess and assist the families in securing a new home because, at Home Base Housing, we believe everyone deserves a place called home!



Links with Lily — 3rd Annual Golf Tournament – September 9, 2018

i Jul 24th No Comments by
On September 9, 2018, the 3rd Annual Links with Lily Golf Tournament taking place at Camden Braes Golf & Country Club with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.  Come early to sign-in and try out our putting contest!

The tournament is a fundraiser for Lily’s Place Emergency Shelter which is the only family shelter in Kingston.  With 19 beds, families who are experiencing temporary homelessness are able to receive assistance in securing appropriate housing while stabilizing their lives in the homey atmosphere of the shelter.  Our first tournament raised more than $10,000 making it possible to continue offering important services to those who need assistance.  In 2017, this event raised $7,000 in support of Lily’s Place Emergency Shelter for families.

The fee for the tournament is $100 which includes golf, cart, goodie bag and dinner.  If you’d like to join us for this fun(d)-raising event, please email,  someone will be in touch to confirm availability.

We are also looking for donations for our tournament prizes and silent auction if you would like to promote your business through this tournament.  You may contact Mark Brooks at or call him at 613-536-8057.

Hope you can join us!

Now, that’s AWESOME!

i Oct 26th No Comments by

On October 19, two Housing First case managers pitched to Awesome Kingston for a chance to win $1,000 for Welcome Home packages. They were the chosen for their excellent pitch to provide necessary items to “warm the new homes” of clients who are housed through Home Base Housing’s Housing First program. Packages include cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, small kitchen items, other useful items that they may not know about and resources to show where the clients can purchases these items when they run out. Congratulations to Kat and Aneta for making a difference in the lives of those who are transitioning from homelessness to a home of their own.

Links with Lily Charity Golf Tournament – Sept 10, 2017

i Jul 11th No Comments by
Thanks to Mark Brooks and Harry Witteveen of Cougars Hockey who have organized this fundraising golf tournament in support of Lily’s Place Emergency Shelter for families.  The golf tournament takes place on September 10, 2017 at 1 p.m. and the cost of $95 includes 18-holes of golf, cart, goodie bag and dinner at Camden Braes Golf Club.  Proceeds go towards Lily’s Place which is our 19-bed, 7 bedroom house that is designated especially for families experiencing homelessness.

For more information about the tournament, please send an email to or call 613-542-6672 x 136 and talk to Dawn.

See you on the green!

Lily's Place

Links With Lily – Golf Tournament

Annual General Meeting

i Jun 8th No Comments by
Home Base Housing is holding its 30th Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 22 from 4:30-6 p.m. at City Hall’s outdoor courtyard. We hope that you can come out and celebrate our 30 years of helping and housing homeless youth, adults and families! All welcome!

Festivities start at 4:30 p.m. with music and the meeting will begin at 5 p.m. In addition to the various speakers, Deputy Mayor Stroud will be talking about the progress of the 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan. Home Base Housing, with its two emergency shelters — In From the Cold and Lily’s Place – and the Housing First and Prevention Diversion programs, has embraced the plan and will be announcing the progress our agency has made in reducing the number of homeless individuals and families in our community. We’ll also be celebrating 30 years providing housing and housing related services!

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to

See you there!


i Nov 23rd No Comments by
Helping Hand presents AMBUSH on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016 as a fundraiser where all proceeds suppport youth in need during the holidays – including KINGSTON YOUTH SHELTER! The doors open at 7 p.m. at the Odessa Agriculture Society, 231 Main St. Odessa. AMBUSH takes the stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Get Ambush-ed for Kingston Youth Services!

Get Ambush-ed for Kingston Youth Services!

Tickets are $25 and available at The Mortgage Professionals (613-384-4000), Gino’s Pizza Amherstview and/or Division St. as well as through Helping Hand by emailing Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, please visit the Helping Hand FACEBOOK page: Helping Hand Kingston.

On behalf of Kingston Youth Services, we’re honoured to be one of the recipients of the proceeds from AMBUSH’s annual concert!

You’re invited!

i Jun 9th No Comments by
Our 29th Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 23 June, 2016 at City Hall - courtyardCity Hall’s courtyard. Starting with music and food at 4:30, the Annual General Meeting will begin at 5 p.m. with special guest, Mayor Bryan Paterson. The focus of the AGM will be reviewing the first year of the 10-year Housing & Homelessness Plan and how it relates to Home Base Housing.

If you would like to attend, please contact Dawn at or call 613-542-6672 by Monday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Going shopping? New Items Needed!

i May 27th No Comments by
In From the Cold Emergency Shelter is often in need of items that have a high turnover.  So if you’re going shopping and can purchase the following items to donate, we will appreciate your generosity on behalf of our clients!

bottled water


summer hats (adults)

toothbrushes (all year long!)

NEW ITEMS! Bath towels, Depends (adult underwear), Deodorant, Travel-size shampoo, bar soap/body wash

If you are able to donate any of these items, you may drop them off at our Housing Help Centre at 540 Montreal Street between the hours of 8:30-4:30.  If you have any questions, you are invited to call the office at 613-531-3779.  Your support of our clients is much appreciated!  Thanks!

Join a dynamic Board of Directors

i Apr 11th No Comments by
Home Base Housing is seeking individuals to sit on the volunteer Board of Directors.  We are seeking caring people with backgrounds in fundraising, governance, law, or affordable housing.

This dynamic organization began in 1987 in response to the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness.  Over the years, the organization has developed programs and services which assists homeless or at-risk individuals that range from youth to adults as well as families.  Its programs include:  In From the Cold Emergency Shelter; Lily’s Place Family Shelter; The Housing Help Centre; Prevention Diversion, Housing First, Kingston Youth Services and Supportive Housing.  

The board of directors meet every 2nd Thursday of the month.

In addition to the Board of Directors, we have volunteers who sit on our committees:  Human Resource, Moving Forward (building partnerships), Strategic Planning, Audit and Fundraising.

If you would like to join our dynamic Board of Directors or a committee, please contact Bill Dobson, Board Treasurer, at