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downtown Pembroke, or click below to donate online

Please make cheque payable to The Grind Pembroke
We are located at 122 Pembroke St W, Pembroke, ON   K8A 5M8
For more information call our Client Services Office at (613) 732-9423

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Who We Are


The Grind Pembroke, in the heart of downtown, welcomes you to their newly renovated facility at 122 Pembroke Street West. We strive to be agents of change in our community through our coffee house, emergency shelter, and youth programs that run throughout the year. We are a non-profit, inter-denominational organization that demonstrates the love of Jesus “one cup, one smile, and one bed at a time”. We are more than coffee — we are community.

Veterans Affairs Canada staff will be available at The Grind Pembroke on a scheduled basis for consulting on services and benefits available for Canadian Armed Forces Veterans, still-serving members of the CAF and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and family members🇨🇦

A VAC Case Manager and a Veterans Services Agent will be on-site the last Thursday of each month beginning on Thursday June 28, 2018 from 11am-12pm(noon) in The Grind’s Client Services Office at 126 Pembroke Street West, Pembroke.

If contacting VAC at The Grind Pembroke is not convenient, interested parties can access VAC services at its Pembroke or Petawawa locations or by calling VAC Inquiries Line at 1-866-522-2122

Veterans Affairs Canada – Pembroke
(Located in the Pembroke Mall)
1100 Pembroke Street East
Pembroke ON K8A 6Y7

Joint Personnel Support Unit
Garrison PetawawaPetawawa
16 Simmonds Lane Road, Bldg. P143
Petawawa ON K8H 2X3

The Grind Outreach Pembroke

The Grind Coffee House

The Grind Coffee House is a trendy coffee shop that offers hot beverages, desserts, and a sense of community in downtown Pembroke. It is run by a committed team of volunteers and operates on a by-donation policy. It strives to provide individuals with hope and skills for life change through various programs throughout the week. Our volunteers build trust, identify needs, and connect those who request help with community health and social service resources.

Coffee House:

Monday – Friday 10am until 2pm
Free Community Dinner, on Saturdays twice monthly Open Mic Night, every Thursday, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Fall & Winter months only)
Inter-Denominational Church Service, Sunday, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. “Breaking Free” Bible Study, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Men’s Breakfast & Fellowship, 8:00 a.m., Saturday, once monthly Women’s Night & Fellowship (to be scheduled)

Youth Programs

Downloads: Into The Wild Application

While The Grind began its life offering a full program of activities for at-risk youth, most of these programs are now operated by the Salvation Army Pembroke. However, the Grind Pembroke still sponsors the following activities in partnership with youth-focussed agencies and organizations:

In-Door Skate Park, above Giant Tiger, 2nd Floor (separate entrance off of Prince Street). Saturdays, November to March. Check out our website/Facebook for details.

March Break Camp, a week of fun and learning activities for children aged 12-15 years. Check out our website / Facebook for details.

Into the Wild Youth Adventures  – operated by Dave Pivato (retired military medic) and James Sails (active military member), April to September, one overnight activity and one single day activity per month for at- risk male youth who lack male role models. The program provides opportunities for such youth to explore outdoor activities (canoeing, fishing, hiking & camping), to learn new skills, to develop confidence through mentoring and to develop positive relationships. Check out our website/Facebook for details.

The Grind Refuge Homeless Shelter

We provide temporary accommodations for male and female adults, 18 years and older, for a maximum of four days, seven days per week. Clients are either referred by community agencies or they can self-identify with Coffee House volunteers.

The Refuge features:

Three bedrooms
Separate lavatory, shower, and laundry rooms
Fully equipped kitchenette/dining area and lounge
Casual use of the shower/laundry facilities during weekdays for homeless adults who choose not to seek accommodations.

 Transitional Housing

What happens to our homeless clients after their maximum four-day stay? This is an issue we now face and on which we are beginning to work with other agencies to address. Recognizing the urgent, on-going need for safe, affordable housing for the homeless while they stabilize their lives, we are looking at ways to incorporate transitional housing into our service mix. If you can help, we welcome the support.

Client Services Office

The Grind Pembroke opened a Client Services Office (126 Pembroke Street West) in the early summer of 2017. The Office is located adjacent to the Grind Coffee House Outreach.

The Client Service Office has many duties including:

managing the Emergency Refuge and all services for homeless clients and other clients

arranging programs, activities and information sessions for clients

provide interested Coffee House clientele and clients of the Emergency Refuge who are not already clients of community health and social agencies, with a basic assessment of their needs, and based on the identified needs, direction to the appropriate agency for assistance, e.g.counselling, case management etc.

provides community agencies with a free, confidential counselling space if they prefer to see their clients in a central downtown Pembroke location. Two small counselling rooms are available for this purpose. The Client Services Office also serves as the administrative hub for The Grind Pembroke. For example, the Facility Administrator, who is responsible for the operation of the Coffee House, will work from this Office.

Download Volunteer Application Form

We are funded by community organizations, fundraisers, and donations. Please email us if you’d like to make a donation or download the volunteer application form if you’d like to volunteer.

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