About Us – Our People

Our People

Our Volunteers

We are blessed tremendously with a great bunch of volunteers at Helping Hands Street Mission. Our clothing store, cafe, and programs wouldn’t run if it wasn’t for people, just like yourself, who give their time to bless those in our community. We can never have too many volunteers, so if you have a few hours a week or a month we would love for you to consider giving your time to us. Ask any one here and they will tell you that you will leave this place blessed!

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of individuals who sacrifice their time and gifts to help with the governance of Helping Hands Street Mission. They meet monthly to direct and protect Helping Hands Street Mission as a Christian charitable organization. They set strategic goals for the organization and hold the organization accountable to fulfilling its mission and vision. Most also serve the Helping Hands community as dedicated program volunteers. Each member has their own unique perspective on the work of Helping Hands, and all seek the flourishing of people in the Barton Village community, and the expansion of God’s Kingdom here!

Phil Beck (Chair), Harmen Huisman (Vice-Chair), Kevin Buist (Treasurer), Candice Vander Klippe (Secretary), Helen Van Beilen, Jessica Koning, James Joyce.

Our Staff

Outreach Worker: Marion Van den Akker – currently on extended medical leave

MarionMarion has a heart for the community and the people of Barton Street. In November 2008 she moved to the area to be part of an intentional living community known as Matthew 25 House. The young adults in this house engaged with people in the community and were strong supports to many of our friends as well as to us at the mission. The Outreach Worker position has given her the opportunity to continue to build relationships in various ways both inside and outside of the mission.


Outreach Worker: Jeff Oosterhoff

Outreach Worker: Samantha Togeretz

 Executive Director: Alice Plug-Buist

Alice Plug-Buist first connected with Helping Hands Street Mission by volunteering here in 2018. Alice is a committed Christian witness in the lower City of Hamilton community. Alice has a background in psychology, exceptionality in human learning, and 25+ years support of vulnerable populations in downtown Hamilton. She is an active community member, and has experience working in the not-for-profit sector at various levels, in a variety of capacities. Together with her family, Alice supports the work of the Hamilton Children’s Aid Society through relief fostering and adoption, and they are active members at New City Church in Hamilton. Alice is committed to reaching out one hand at a time with love and respect, in Jesus’ name. She is eager to work in partnership with the community to allow each person, no matter what their situation or socio-economic status, to live into the image of God that He has created.

Operations Assistant: Kristina Ivanovic

Kristina was first introduced to Helping Hands Street Mission through her field placement while completing her Social Service Worker Diploma at Mohawk College. She loved the experience so much she continued to volunteer after her placement was over. She strongly believes in and respects the mission’s values and vision. Through her position here she has been given the opportunity to continue building positive relationships with our friends as well as helping those in need with the services that are provided at Helping Hands.