Thank you for filling out an application to Fresh Start's Family Giving Fund.  Fresh Start receives donations from people living in the community who want to help make a difference in your family's lives.  We are happy to be able to give these to you!

The personal information you provide in this application is used to contact you, confirm the personal information provided, and to determine what items you are in need of.

Your private information is used in compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  All of your personal information that is collected is available only to authorized Fresh Start employees that are involved in the Family Giving Fund and is not shared with any other party.  Due to the Family Giving Funds' reporting needs, Fresh Start may need to share your name and the items you received to our funder, the City of St Thomas, and our auditor, Graham Scott Enns, as proof of proper  fiscal management of the Family Giving Fund.

By completing and submitting this form, you are giving consent for Fresh Start to collect this information. 



Do you have a client in need of practical items to provide some financial relief?


Our Family Giving Fund helps provide different items that families might need to purchase for their children. 

Wondering if your client qualifies?


Here's what they need:

  1.  A referral from any social service professional in the community

  2.  The client must live in Elgin County

  3.  A way to have the package picked up from Fresh Start Support Services



The process is easy. Fill out information for yourself and your client. Take a look at the following questions to help support your client choose a package that is most helpful for their family.



  1.  Applicants must be referred to the Family Giving Fund by the family's social service worker.

  2.  Receiving a package from Fresh Start's Family Giving Fund is based on package availability.

  3.  Application approval may take up to two weeks.

  4.  Fresh Start may need to confirm application with referrer or family to complete the application.

  5.  Applicants must live in Elgin County.

  6.  Referrer or applicant must pick up package from Fresh Start.

  7.  Approval of application is based on the date the application was submitted and package availability.   Applicants can be placed on a waitlist for a specific package, and once the package becomes available, the   applicant and referrer will be notified.

  8.  Once an approved package has been signed for and left the Fresh Start facility, the package cannot be   return or exchanged.

  9.  Package items cannot be substituted.

  10.  Applicants can apply to the Family Giving Fund once every 6 months. 


Fresh Start has a number of packages available in the Family Giving Fund.  We will do our best to provide specific brand options, but might not be able to match your requests due to availability.

What is your current housing status?
Choose your preferred package (Please only choose one)

Thanks for submitting!