Whether it’s providing emergency shelter, a hot meal, or a food pack for an individual or family, Windsor Downtown Mission is here with a message of hope through faith and caring.


We are a Christian, faith-based, registered not-for-profit organization with a focus on serving and advocating for those who struggle with poverty and homelessness — men, women and children.

The Downtown Mission opened its doors in 1972 when a group of forward thinking individuals at Central United Church started a coffee program for area homeless men. It was called the “Open Door Lounge” — it had a maximum capacity of 28, and served coffee and donuts. (Read more about our history)

We celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2012 and give thanks for the support of the community through the years which enabled us to grow and develop to continue to meet the needs of those we serve. We offer a wide and diverse range of services to our community. (Read more about our services.)

Many men and women tell how their lives have been changed significantly as a result of the love, care and respect they received from the Downtown Mission during difficult periods of their lives. A little help made a great deal of difference. (Read some of their stories.)

We do this within our mission and vision statements.

 

Our Mission

The Downtown Mission exists as a Place of Sanctuary. In response to the mandate of the Gospel, through outreach we provide: food for the body, nurture for the spirit, shelter for the homeless, advocacy for the impoverished, and opportunity for human growth.

Our Vision

To be a self-directed sustainable charitable social service organization grounded in the Christian faith, proactively addressing and meeting the needs of the homeless and disadvantaged of the Windsor area; well recognized and supported by the community.