Tackling social isolation through programs, activities, long term support and friendship for people of all ages.
Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever you do,
If you’re looking for a place to belong, you’ll feel right at home here.
Designed to help children of all ages develop into well-adjusted, kind, and happy adults, our youth activities give kids and teens a productive and fulfilling outlet for their seemingly endless energy.
You’re never too old to pick up a new hobby, get mentoring, learn new skills, and make new friends—which is the exact reason we developed our extensive selection of programs for adults of all ages.
It Started With One Child
“Home is like hell. We have nowhere to go. Doesn’t anyone care about us?”
These were the angry words of a gang kid that prompted our founder George Farrington, in 1971, to form a team dedicated to helping troubled and disadvantaged youths who didn’t fit in.
Half a century later, that team, which later came to be known as Open House Christian Involvement Centres, has evolved into an institution dedicated to caring for and supporting people of all ages from all walks of life. Our mission is to provide those with no one to turn to and nowhere to go, a place to belong.
Our Working Numbers
Of providing support and care for the Community.
2023 Social Enterprise sales
The total number of individual sales from our social enterprise activities.
2023 Occasions of Service
The number of contacts that have used Open House’s services so far this calendar year.
Sometimes all it takes is an opportunity
Nicholas* (who is now 20 years old) was referred to us from a local school to our Youth Workshop Mentoring Program (YWMP) because he was disengaging from school and had an interest in wood work. Initially he started off very shy with low self-esteem and was very insecure. As Nicholas continued to attend the YWMP and began to share a little about himself, his self-confidence grew. In the workshop, he enjoyed working with wood, and the desire to be a carpenter started to grow.