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.


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.





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 June, 2019 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.

Bethany July, 2019 Calendar of Events

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.

Just give him a call: 613-799-2668.