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Better Beginnings, Better Futures Guelph (Onward Willow Better Beginnings Better Futures) and Onward Willow Neighbourhood Group

I just wanted to add a quick (cute baby free) post about one of my favourite local organizations. I know, at least on Facebook, that I mention Michael House a lot, since I love supporting sweet little babies, but I want to spread my love to a couple other fabulous Guelph organizations.

Better Beginnings, Better Futures Guelph and Onward Willow Neighbourhood Group are both located in the area of Willow Road and Dawson Road. In the past, you may have heard the term Onward Willow Better Beginnings, Better Futures. They have recently changed their name to reflect that there are two distinct organizations serving the community in different ways. The Onward Willow Neighbourhood Group (OWNG) is part of the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Collation (GNSC).  Because of the long and rich history of the two organizations (see , many names have been associated with them as they have grown. Some people still refer to Better Beginnings, Better Futures Guelph as The Family Gateway. People also refer to it as Shelldale. The old Shelldale school is where BBBFG currently resides. They rent a large portion of the Shelldale building from another organization.

Onward Willow Neighbour Group does amazing work  with community development targeted primarily towards adults. They provide free clothing, emergency food, employment counselling, access to phones and community programming.

Better Beginnings, Better Futures Guelph focuses on providing comprehensive, holistic programming for children and youth from birth all the way through high school. They offer parent and baby groups,  after school programs, teen groups and a variety of other services to promote social, emotional, behavioural, physical and educational development in children.  They also work to strengthen the abilities of parents and families to respond effectively to the needs of their children.

Both programs contribute to the City of Guelph in powerful ways. I would love it if you would take the time to ‘like’ them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and check out the websites. Twitter: @Onwardwillow Facebook: Twitter: @BBBFGuelph Facebook:

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