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 a great group of individuals who sacrifice their time to help. They meet monthly to plan and review the logistics and operations of Helping Hands. Several of our board members have been a part of Helping Hands from the very early days, and all have a huge heart for the people in the Barton Street Community, and the expansion of God’s Kingdom here!

Phil Beck (Chair), Harmen Huisman (Vice-Chair), Kevin Buist (Treasurer), Candice Vander Klippe (Secretary), Zola Bottenfield, Case deJonge

Our Staff

Outreach Worker: Marion Van den Akker

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.

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