Some of the Guests are talented people who have never been able to express those talents due to their life’s circumstances. Many want to learn to do something more with their lives. And we try to nurture that as much as possible to help them see their worth, and what they can contribute.
Computer Access and Literacy
In this day and age, it is virtually impossible to take advantage of personal development programs and access information on housing, hot meals, food bank schedules, addresses, bus routes and job banks without having access to the Internet. We have a computer room with stations available to Guests, with support volunteers on hand for assistance. Also, through a collaboration with CSC, we offer weekly computer literacy classes.
Art is Therapy
It is amazing what people can create when given the tools and the chance. Our Therapeutic Arts program gives the Guests the opportunity to express themselves in our music room, and in our arts and crafts room. Creativity promotes their mental health, independence, and personal pride – and that goes a long way in helping them regain control of their lives and help restore their dignity.
A creative group of Guests and volunteers/staff meet bi-weekly to inspire one another and talk about their creative writing pursuits.
Starting something from a simple seed and helping it grow into nourishing food can be very rewarding. Guests assist volunteers and staff with planting, growing, and maintenance of the garden space as well as enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labour in the form of healthy meals fresh from the garden.