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nightlight Canada a multi-denominational Christian ministry that operates drop-in centres in Belleville, Cambridge and Kingston, Ontario that service those on the margins. We believe that one of the most devastating and underdressed forms of poverty is relational poverty. nightlight seeks to address this through adult drop-in centres, safe places to build meaningful relationships, where we invite in anyone who wants to come in, including those who would normally be excluded. We serve refreshments and a place for people to play games, chat, and build relationships.


6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Wednesday evening
at 34 Victoria Ave
f: @nightlightbelleville
t: @nightlightBelle



6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Mon, Wed, Thurs evenings
at 47 Main St
f: @nightlightcambridge
t: @nightlightcamb


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mon evenings at 236 Nelson St
Wed evenings at 89 Colborne St
f: @nightlightkingston
t: @nightlightYGK 


Our Story

nightlight Canada was founded in 2012 by our executive director, Ben Platz. Ben was previously part of adult drop-in centres in Guelph, Ontario and Lille, France. In 2010, he returned to his hometown, Kingston, Ontario, with his family. Soon after, he became keenly aware that the church had left caring for the poor to the government. He began to wonder if downtown Kingston needed a drop-in centre that focuses on relational poverty, staffed by volunteers from local churches. He set out to explore the viability of an adult drop-in centre in Kingston, and with the support and buy-in of Kingstonians, the conclusion was yes. nightlight Kingston officially opened in January 2012. Since then, nightlight centres have opened in Belleville (2014) and Cambridge (2018).  
nightlight Canada received official charitable status in 2014. 

Get Involved

Volunteering at nightlight is very rewarding. You get an opportunity to develop relationships with interesting people that impacts their lives and yours. We also offer internships to students who need hands-on experience for their degree or diploma.

Twice a year we have awareness and fundraising events for our drop-in centres. The next event is a ride/walk event called Ride for Refuge and it will take place on Saturday, October 5.


As a charity, nightlight is funded exclusively through donations. There are several fundraising events throughout the year, but the most effective way to give is through monthly donations. We also welcome donations of supplies, such as coffee, cream, board games, puzzles, etc.

More About Us

nightlight Canada is headquartered in Kingston, Ontario.
We have a small team of part-time staff and one full-time staff member.
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Hours of Operation


6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm


6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Contact Us




nightlight Canada
c/o 825 Gardiners Rd
Kingston ON  K7M 7E6