Who We Are…

The First Light Foundation of Hope was incorporated in 2018 as a faith-based registered charity for homeless persons & located in the Durham Region.

We are located at 253 Simcoe Street South in Oshawa, Ontario where we operate a before and after-hours Drop-in-Centre for homeless youth and adults.  The organization is 100% volunteer-driven with no paid staff at this time.

Rev. Roy Graves Executive Director

The Foundation of Hope drop-in centre operates:

Current hours of operation:
Monday – Friday:   5:30am – 8:00am
Thursday – Saturday:   7:00pm – 10:00pm

At the First Light Centre, we provide:

  • Support for the homeless
  • Resources to those struggling with addictions
  • Practical help to those of lesser means within our community
  • Basic nutritional staples, clothing, foot care services
  • Warmth during the coldest hours of the day throughout the winter months and a cool refreshing environment during hot summer days.

Our centre also offers access to counseling and a support network in a safe, loving environment where we can further provide hope and help.

The First Light Foundation of Hope Centre is made possible by the generous support of individuals, businesses and localgovernment. To make a donation to help our work, please 

We also operate a mobile unit from the hours of 8:00am to 9 30am which seeks out individuals in the alleyways and streets of Durham region and goes directly into environments known as “Tent City’s”

Our Outreach is unique providing help and basic support during the early hours of the morning and later hours of the evening when there are few other resources in the community readily available.

We work in cooperation with other community outreach providers and centres providing referrals to other agencies and services when necessary.

Mission Statement…

The First Light Foundation of Hope is a faith-based outreach and community resource focused on providing a Holy Helping Hand to those in need. We aspire to assist individuals or families in the reduction of poverty by helping each person acquire a new and wholesome living approach including spiritual, physical and mental wellness.

  • We believe God has a plan for everyone
  • We believe in loving everyone where they’re at
  • We believe everyone should be treated with dignity and respect
  • We believe that every human ought to help his fellow neighbor
  • We believe no one should ever go hungry
  • We believe everyone should have a place to call home
  • We believe anyone who wishes to should have employment
  • We believe no one is hopeless, there is hope for all, and everyone needs a little hope….

CRA Registered Charity # 744589680 RR 0001