• 1100 Medford St, Units 20-22, Ottawa ON K1Z 8L5
For people with people

For people with people

50/50 Raffle

By purchasing your 50/50 raffle ticket you will be helping the Caldwell Family Centre reduce the impact of poverty in Ottawa. 100% worth it!

The Caldwell Family Centre will be closed Friday, September 17 for staff meetings. The Food Bank and Clothing Depot will be open regular hours on Saturday, September 18. Thank you.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a difficult year for everyone. We hope 2021 will be better, but we are not there yet! Low-income families and people living in poverty are still struggling with the financial impacts of COVID. Your generous donation will help families have food on the table, and warm clothing for the winter season during these hard times.

We are grateful for your support.

The Caldwell Family Centre plays a critical role in supporting residents of Ottawa who are impacted by poverty. In collaboration with partners, we strive to meet clients’ needs in a wide variety of areas, including food security, social engagement, child and youth programming and vocational support.

Make a Financial Gift
Financial donations are also in need, you can give a donation by clicking on the DONATE NOW button. You will receive your receipt right away.
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Contribute Items
The families we serve are always in need of the following items. If you can help, please drop off the item between 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 6pm on Fridays, and between 9:00am and 2:00pm on Saturdays. If you have a large amount of donated items, give us a call and we will arrange for a volunteer driver to pick-up.
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If you are interested in becoming part of the team at the Caldwell Family Centre, we want to hear from you. There are many benefits of volunteering at Family Centre, besides knowing that you will be making a difference in the lives of people.
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We are regularly looking for skilled workers to help with our programs and services, such as chefs, clothing program workers and program assistants.
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My spirits were lifted by the kindness and support I received at the Family Centre. We were able to make it through some pretty tough times. Once we are fully on our feet in our new country it is our intent to give back however we can.
I must make some really difficult decisions for my two teens and choose between food for the family or diapers for the baby. I eat my breakfasts and lunches at the Family Centre to ensure there will be food at home for the kids. And I visit the Baby Depot at the Family Centre for baby food and diapers to help me make it to the end of each month.
Lisa* *Not her real name.
I am so grateful for the staff at the Family Centre who provided us with food, my daughters with school supplies, and found warm clothing for us at the Clothing Depot.
Oke* *Not her real name
The family centre has helped me and my family for so many years. We wouldn’t be here without them.
The Computer program got me to speak to my family from home, I haven’t been able to speak to them since last year because I have no Internet.
Caldwell Family Centre does a great job at keeping us fed and full.
The family centre always supports us, and our needs.
Thank you so much for super last night. It was a tasty treat. The fruit is fantastic with bright, cheery bananas and perfect pears. My Favourite. I’ve put the chocolate in the freezer – they last longer if I just nibble it. Again, thanks to the community of lovely volunteers it took to provide this gift. I was feeling sad today. Suddenly I’m not anymore. That’s the real gift.

For People – With People.

Since 1986 people like you have helped us reduce the impact of poverty in Ottawa. Your help is still needed to:
  • Provide more than 2,200 healthy grocery food boxes per month.
  • Provide between 350 and 500 healthy meals per day.
  • Promote healthy happy babies by providing baby food, formula, and diapers.
  • Provide gently used or new clothing, shoes, and household supplies.
  • Enable community members to communicate with loved ones, search for jobs and training opportunities through access to free Internet, computers, and printing.
  • Provide needed back-to-school supplies and shoes.
  • Assist newcomers to get settled.
  • Relieve loneliness and isolation.


A virtual tour during COVID

Watch Rob's video.

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Be aware that this video is 370MB in size.
Rob's video.