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Regeneration Outreach Community has the power to change lives, whether you’re a volunteer or a guest. Read on to learn more about the people we’ve helped, and the people who have helped them. 


Charlie came to Regeneration in his 50s. He was experiencing homelessness, grieving his divorce, and dealing with heartbreak. COVID-19 caused him to lose his job and the temp agency he was working with simply didn’t provide enough regular income to live on.

He had been living on the streets for a few weeks before he heard about Regeneration. When he came here, he quickly became comfortable and shared his needs with us. Beyond food, clothing, and laundry, we helped him get on the CERB, into a hotel, and eventually connect him with a landlord where he found permanent housing.

Travis is a sweet man who has been using opioids for more than 20 years. He’s a kind and gentle man, and the staff at Regeneration are so glad he comes around to be somewhere safe, where people are trained to use naloxone.

Travis suffers from PTSD due to growing up in a conflict zone, and when he was prescribed pain killers, he gradually continued to increase his use until he was unable to stop.

“I don’t know what I’d do without you guys. You guys keep me alive,” said Travis.

Mike is a single father whose son was recently diagnosed with autism. COVID-19 took a serious toll on his young family and Mike lost his job and had to move back in with his elderly parents. He used to feel hesitant about using a food bank, but after meeting the staff at Regeneration Marketplace, his fears were quickly put aside. “It’s like a big family,” he said. “Everyone was so welcoming.”

“You have a friend here. It’s family.”

After years of faithful volunteering at Regeneration, Denise and her husband Larry are still motivated to wake up early each Wednesday morning and serve at Regeneration’s breakfast program. Usually, Larry is preparing beef hash these mornings and spending time frying eggs while Denise is busy pouring coffee for her beloved friends, our guests, and getting to know each one by name—often remembering their coffee orders.

Denise loves the sense of community she found at Regeneration. When she and Larry first started many years ago, she was a bit nervous, but found a lovely lady who spent time training her, teaching her the ropes, and encouraging her. That lady ended up being a volunteer who was also a guest at Regeneration, and the two of them started a wonderful friendship that ended when the lady passed away a few years ago.

Larry and Denise love to form close bonds and relationships with others and have made lifelong friendships with many guests, other volunteers, and the staff as well. Denise loves that Regeneration brings people together.

“Regeneration is a place that brings self worth because it gives people a place to be and to give,” she said. “It’s so much more than just the food!”

Gerry is a Regeneration guest who moved out east in the middle of the summer, then returned for the winter to work.

Gerry has always been a quieter guest, but very kind-hearted, always around to help out when needed.

Gerry started opening up about his life. He comes from a well off family, who own a steel company. At one point was co-owner, until he was hit by a car and became addicted to pain medication. He has since conquered that addiction and is free of methadone on his own accord, but still struggles daily.

Gerry told us that even though he was a part of a family business, he worked for everything he had. When he heard that his dad was starting the steel company, he put together a resume, and gave it to him. He interviewed, and started a low-level job at minimum wage. He worked his way up from there.

He hadn’t spoken with his dad in 2 years, but still sees his mom from time to time.

During the period where he and his father weren’t speaking, he stayed at a  youth shelter in Orangeville, called “Out of the Cold”. He was the first youth to stay there and was his home for 2 years.

During his stay, he met a boy by the name of Robbie. Robbie was only 15 years old, and admitted by his mother who was “trying to teach him a lesson”.  The shelter agreed to keep him for the night, with the understanding that he would be returning home the next night. Gerry met him only once, but described him as a big teddy bear, with a happy and calm demeanor.

Sadly, Robbie was murdered that night by another shelter resident: but it was supposed to be Gerry. They know this because a letter detailing the murder was found in the shelter.

Gerry said that the community blamed the death of Robbie on the shelter, which was inevitably shut down. It was a sad time: all the residents all went to the funeral, where Robbie’s mom spoke. She made it very clear that it wasn’t the shelter’s fault, and she was grateful they were there for her son when he needed it. After the funeral, Gerry spoke to Robbie’s mom and said, “Your son died for me, it should have been me. I will do my best to be a good person, and make it worth it”. He remembers her hugging him, with a big smile on her face.

He often speaks about the importance of youth shelters.

Before he left Regeneration to go back east, he said to us, “ I just wanted to let you know that Regeneration really helps people. You helped me. I am going back east and I have plans there that I am not giving up on, thanks to you.”

Success In Numbers

It’s because of your compassion and generous donations that our annual numbers continue to rise. Thank you for making Regeneration possible.

Open 365

Days a Year for Hot Meals


Meals Served

1.2 Million LBS

Of Food Recovery




Volunteer Hours

350 Households Served

with groceries weekly

Our Locations

Regeneration Office & Meal Program

We’re located near City Hall.

  • 156 Main Street N
  • Brampton, ON L6V 1N9

Regeneration Marketplace

We are located in the same building as the Kabul Farm Supermarket.

  • 253 Queen St E
  • Brampton, ON L6W 2B8

Guest Experiences

Meet Charlie – A Regeneration Transformation

Charlie came to Regeneration in his 50s. He was experiencing homelessness, grieving his divorce, and dealing with heartbreak. COVID-19 caused him to lose his job and the temp agency he was working with simply didn’t provide enough regular income to live on.

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