Wheatley Update September 17

Employment and Social Services continues to assist the residents of Wheatley affected by the August 26 explosion in the downtown core.

Since the incident, Case Managers have been on-site at the Wheatley Arena and available by phone.

Employment and Social Services has worked with local community groups including the Wheatley Food Bank and Wheatley BIA, as part of the Wheatley Recovery Group.

The Wheatley Recovery Group has been essential to the recovery efforts as the group has connected residents in need, identified service gaps in the community and launched the Wheatley BIA Disaster Relief Fund application. This has assisted Employment and Social Services with the delivery of supportive services to the residents of Wheatley. 

“Being a member of the Wheatley Recovery Group and the partnership with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent has helped our community because we have been able to identify needs, collect and distribute goods, and connect people who don’t know where to turn.”  Kim Grant, Treasurer, Wheatley BIA and Wheatley Recovery Group Member

As part of ongoing coordination efforts for residents, Employment and Social Services will be relocating municipal case managers to the Wheatley Village Resource Centre and Food Bank.

As of Monday, September 20, the reception centre at the Wheatley Arena will relocate to the Wheatley Village Resource Centre and Food Bank at 108 Talbot Street East Wheatley. Case Managers will be on-site to assist evacuees with housing, food, and other support services.  This service will operate Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm during the week of September 20th to September 24th. 

Evacuees may also call 519-351-8573 Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and ask to speak with a Wheatley Crisis Case Manager for assistance with housing, food, and other support services. 

Residents requiring emergency housing outside of weekday office hours may call the Homeless Response Line (HRL) at (519) 354-6628. 

Residents requiring general information should call (519) 360-1998 or 3-1-1 Monday- Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. To subscribe to email updates please email ck311@chatham-kent.ca.

For more information contact:
Matt Keech
Program Manager
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Phone 519-360-1998 x 2232

Media Contact:
Jim Blake
Communications Officer
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
519-360-1998 x 3624