The cornerstone of client services at GBF is the provision of healthy nutritional choices. We offer clients the opportunity to shop in a grocery store-like atmosphere using a system based on points. Clients…
There are times where individuals will experience a downturn in financial circumstances which cause difficult choices to be made. Often health and wellness related needs are the first to be overlooked as housing and food security becomes an essential priority. GBF Community Services is a registered charity with a mission and mandate to build a healthy, vibrant and active community. We offer a variety of health related support services to ensure individual and family well being.
GBF Community Services is pleased to offer a range of health and wellness services for low income households who meet the eligibility criteria.
All clients must be certified with all required documentation including:
- Proof of current income from all sources
- Proof of current residency
- Current rent receipt/mortgage statement
- Current utility statements
- Identification for each member of the household
- Additional income information (child support, child tax credit, spousal support)
Services are provided in emergency situations with no other means of funding available to an individual.
Medical and Dental Programs
Gaps exist in access to extended medical and dental needs. Many in our community struggle with the costs associated with vision care, foot care, oral health care, medications and health maintenance needs. Clients experiencing difficulties related to optimal health are encouraged to speak to us about how we can help.
New Baby Layette
GBF helps families welcome their new additions with a baby layette. Blankets, baby clothes, bottles and toys help new parents with a happy transition.
Jumpstart, ProKids and Tim Camp
GBF recognizes and values the need for children to participate in activities, sports, lessons and camp as part of a healthy lifestyle. Participation improves self-esteem and helps build leadership and social skills. Through Jumpstart, ProKids and Tim Camps, we help our families make participation a reality.
GBF encourages volunteer work in the community. A selection of students graduating from Blessed Trinity and Grimsby Secondary School are recognized each year by GBF with educational bursaries for their exceptional volunteer work and or interest in pursuing a career in Social Services.
Birthdays are a special time for celebration. GBF and our community want to help clients and their family members celebrate their special day with a gift from us. As a client, you will receive a birthday gift in the month of your birthday and when your child has a birthday we provide the opportunity for you to select gift item for your children. We help grandparents with gifts for their grandchildren and for children to attend birthday parties.
Teen Hygiene Packs
As children grow into teens and young adults their needs change and personal self-care becomes very important. GBF provides families with teens hygiene packs that include such things as shampoo, deodorant and shower gel.
Income Tax Clinics
Through the generosity of our partners in the financial community, GBF offers clients annual income tax clinics for the completion of their tax returns.
Prom and Formal Wear
Some of the best memories of growing up include our milestone moments. School proms, graduation from grade 8 and high school are times when we celebrate a coming of age. GBF helps the children of clients look their best to celebrate their achievements.
Small towns offer many benefits to their citizens but often there is a lack of public transportation. GBF recognizes not all clients have their own transportation. We are able to help clients with taxis for their grocery trips to the food bank.
Success in education benefits everyone in the community. To encourage local students in their academic success, GBF supports school activities. This program helps families with school trips, lunches, photos, uniforms, backpacks, running shoes and school supplies.