Bethany Hope Centre




The Learning Coach Program serves a unique clientele: young mothers and fathers receiving social assistance who want to complete their high school education. Most Learning Coach participants are in their early to mid-twenties. However, the program is open to all young parents up to the age of 29. Ideally, these young parents would attend a full-time day school to finish up the courses needed to obtain their high school diploma but, the mothers and fathers participating in this program are, for a variety of reasons, unable to do so.


820 Woodroffe Ave.,

Ottawa, ON, K2A 3V7

You're always welcome


For quite a few years we produced a monthly newsletter for clients of the Learning Coach Program. Although we've now discontinued distributing them each month, if you‍'d like to read past issues of our newsletter, just click here.


The young parents we serve:


Send me a text, an email or just drop by.

I'm here to help you reach your goals.


— the Learning Coach

Bethany Hope Centre is a Community Resource Centre for young, single parents (aged 13-29) and their children.

MISSION STATEMENT: Through a demonstration of Christian love and concern, the Bethany Hope Center provides programs that address the physical, material, social, educational and spiritual needs of pregnant and parenting youth and their children.

Previously located on Wellington Street in Ottawa’s central community of Hintonburg and now relocated to its new building on Woodroffe Ave., the Salvation Army's Bethany Hope Centre for Young Parents continues a century’s tradition of providing service to pregnant and parenting youth and their children.

Bethany provides health care, prenatal services, employment and education supports, parenting and respite programs, playgroups and childcare, and a variety of life skills programs. BHC is also a Good Food organization where access to emergency food, food education and clothing supports are available.

Bethany's free services focus on health and nutrition, early childhood development, education, counselling and practical supports. Young parents often deal with isolation, lack of family support, financial strain, inadequate housing and incomplete education. Bethany's intake worker meets with all new parents and to discuss each family's expressed needs in order to make referrals to the many available programs.

For full details of all of Bethany Hope Centre's programs and services visit Bethany's main web site. You can view Bethany's September 2020 activity calendar that shows the many activities currently offered to clients by clicking on the link:

The Learning, Earning and Parenting Program (LEAP) The Learning Coach program wouldn’t exist without the financial support of LEAP. LEAP is a division within Ontario Works that aims to help young people living on social assistance finish high school, gain work experience and learn more about parenting. LEAP is a Partners for Jobs employment activity of the City of Ottawa that is designed to meet the needs of young parents receiving social assistance.

If you’re a parent between the ages of 18 and 25 receiving Ontario Works, and have not completed high school, you are encouraged to take advantage of the LEAP program. Young parents on Ontario Works can find out more about LEAP from their case coordinators.


Bethany Hope Centre has been a Fixture in Ottawa for Decades

Bethany Hope Centre is a service of the Salvation Army in Ottawa and The Learning Coach Program is one of the many services delivered to the community by Bethany.

The Salvation Army is the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in Canada, giving direct, hands-on service to more than 1.8 million people across the country each year.

Our present home at 820 Woodroffe Ave in Ottawa

Our Community Partners

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
The Continuing Education Department of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board offers a very valuable program to Learning Coach Clients who qualify.
Called "Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition" (PLAR) this is a formal evaluation and credit granting process whereby mature students may obtain credits for prior learning. Prior learning includes the knowledge and skills that students have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school. Students may have their knowledge and skills evaluated against the expectations outlined in provincial curriculum policy documents in order to earn credits towards the secondary school diploma.

Meet Our Learning Coach

Phil Wakeford, our Learning Coach, will be very happy to meet with you to discuss your high school education goals. He is very easy to contact.

Although Phil has many tasks to look after as Learning Coach, his most important job, by far, is helping young parents complete the additional credits they need to obtain their Ontario high school diploma.  Phil provides ongoing educational advice, encouragement and help both in person as well as by phone, text or e-mail.

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We're Open Every Day All Year 'Round

We're Easy to Contact

Coming to the Bethany Hope Centre is very easy by public transit. We're located very close to Carlingwood Shopping Centre. Visitors will find us in the Owl’s Perch on the second floor of the Bethany Hope Centre.

Our area, the Owl's Perch, is a well equipped, pleasant facility with computers and printers for everyone to use.

Phil Wakeford is our Learning Coach. In this role, Phil, who is a fully qualified teacher, is kept very busy working with the young mothers and fathers living on social assistance who come to Bethany Hope Centre to work toward completing their high school education.

If you call him during his office hours - shown below - you’ll be able to speak with him or, by coming to the Bethany Hope Centre, 820 Woodroffe Ave, to meet with him in person.

We're open every day to help clients from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. (We do close though for one hour between 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm for lunch.)

You can always contact Phil:

By phone/text: 613-799-2668

By email:

We have a range of services to help young parents succeed with their school work:

Are you feeling overwhelmed?

Do you need help with your course work?

Do you need childcare?

Need to clear your head?

Looking to get back to school?

To get started, just call or send a text:


When you begin working on the courses needed to obtain  your diploma, getting there might seem like a very big challenge. That goal is well worth the effort.

Almost There

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Most of the courses we offer to clients come from the Independent Learning Centre in Toronto. ILC has been tasked by the Ontario Government to provide distance eduction to the people of Ontario. Check here to learn about the many services ILC offers.

In addition to the wide variety of programs which are offered at the Bethany Hope Centre, a Bursary Fund has been established as an extension of the Learning Coach Program. This Bursary Program aims to help young parents pursuing higher education by reducing financial barriers.

Check here to learn all about this financial support program and for the application form.

Do You Need Financial Help to Continue with your Education?


Bethany September 2020 Calendar of Events

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The Bethany Hope Centre, owned and operated by the Governing Council of the Salvation Army in Canada - Conseil de Direction de L'Armée du Salut du Canada - gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa / remercie sincèrement la Ville d'Ottawa de son soutien financier.

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We've re-opened!

The Bethany Hope Centre’s physical building is NOW OPEN to participants BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. If you'd like to come in and work on your courses or meet with Phil, send an email or a text: 613-799-2668 |

Please note that you'll need a MASK to enter, and you can't visit us if you're sick. We'll ask you a few questions when you arrive, and we ask you to arrive no more than 5 minutes ahead of your appointment. We aren't able to provide lunch right now either, but we have limited childcare available. Please ask about childcare when you are booking your appointment.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


A Bridge to the Future


The Learning Coach Program helps young parents continue with their education during a challenging period in their lives. Rather than putting their education on hold to meet the needs of a new member of the family, the Learning Coach Program shows new parents the way ahead during what can be a financially and emotionally difficult time.