History Timeline


January 1, 1846

The institution first began as a soup kitchen on John Street, under the auspices of the Ladies’ Benevolent Society. This group of Hamilton women banded together to help the needy in cold winter months.

Read more


January 10, 1848

The Ladies’ Benevolent Society established the “Destitute School”, for children of the poor. This was following an epidemic of cholera in Hamilton, a great need for a home for orphan children arose.

Read more