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519 271 5550

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270 Freeland Drive

Stratford, Ontario 

N4Z 1G8

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Remembering Lorraine Greenberg


Lorraine Greenberg was the founding board member of Optimism Place. She is remembered for her passion for our cause, having always held it dear to her heart. 

To make a donation in memory of Lorraine, please find our online donation form below. 

For any questions or concerns, feel free to write to


In-kind Donations

What you need to know before making a donation....

At Optimism Place we are incredibly thankful to our donors for their ongoing generosity and support. As a shelter with limited space and capacity, we are unable to accept all donations. Please phone ahead (519-271-5310 x 122) or email to ensure that we have space and use for your donation. 

Unscheduled donations may be turned away as we do not always have the staff available to process randomly dropped off donations. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. 

To ensure that your donation is able to be accepted, please adhere to the following steps:

1. Ensure that the items you would like to donate are new or very-lightly used.  

2. Phone/email our Manager of Communications & Fund Development, Leah, to find out if we have space & need for your intended donation. At this time, if your donation is approved, Leah will arrange a donation appointment with you. 

3. Let us know how you would like to be thanked! We are often able to issue tax receipts for monetary donations as well as in-kind donations that arrive with receipts. 

4. Drop off your donation!

Our Needs:

Food Items

fresh fruits & veggies



hamburger helper

instant soups

hot & cold cereals

lunchbox snacks

local treats & baked goods

Comfort Items

small fans

word searches, puzzles, colouring books...

gift cards to local stores


Shelter Needs

toilet paper

paper towel

double & twin bed sheet sets

Women's Needs

yoga pants / sweat pants 



Monetary Donations

One of the most effective ways to contribute to Optimism Place is through monetary donations. With these donations we are able to provide women in shelter, as well as our outreach clients, with the opportunity to request specific wanted and needed items. Monetary donations also allow us to make purchases that will benefit the entire shelter such as groceries, toiletries, children's toys, and more. 

You can make monetary donations online or by mail. To make a monetary donation online CLICK HERE or mail us a check at the following address:

Optimism Place 

270 Freeland Drive

Stratford, ON

N4Z 1G8

Thank you to our donors!