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COMMUNITY WORK PROGRAM

The True Experience Community Work Program began in 1981. It is a client centred program focusing on vocational training, skills development as well as employment, and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

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PROGRAM ACTIVITIES


The Community Work Program provides vocational training skills development and employment through the following activities:

  • Spring and Fall Property Cleanups
  • Seasonal Lawn Maintenance
  • Seasonal Snow Removal
  • Janitorial Contracts
  • Piecework, Packaging, Sub-Assembly

There are no fees/charges to participate in the program.
There is no waiting list.

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EXISTING CLIENT SERVICES

The True Experience Community Work Program provides:

  • A self-sufficient, sustainable work program/environment
  • A safe and healthy supervised work setting
  • Individualized schedules for work/training/skills development for each participant
  • Diversity of employment possibilities dependent on client choice, interest and ability
  • Support to participants who wish to secure private sector employment
  • Non-institutionalized program – “Reality Based”
  • Assistance to participant in preparing for potential employment in the private sector
  • Assistance and support to the participant in attaining his/her optimum level of functioning
  • Support for filling out O.D.S.P. Earnings Report Forms
  • Encouragement to increase work/skills training/hours of participation
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  • 17 years of age and over, with a diagnosis of mental illness
  • Demonstrated means of income, i.e. Ontario Disability Support Program, Canada Pension Plan (Disability), Ontario Works, Children’s Aid Society support
  • Self-referral
  • Referrals from other Mental Health agencies, Clergy, Family Doctor, Family members, Hospitals, other community resources
  • Completion of “Application for Service” and “Consent to Disclose Personal Health Information”
  • Interview with Work Program Staff
  • Legally able to work in Canada
  • Voluntary participation in program
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  • Individualized program, i.e. hours of work per day/week
  • Increase in skills development, vocational training and employment related activities
  • Opportunity to increase income
  • Participants are paid prevailing Provincial Minimum Wage
  • Participants receive semi-annual incentive bonuses based on individual hours of participation in work/employment activities
  • Socialization with peers
  • Staff support
  • Community integration/re-integration
  • Increased sense of belonging to the greater community
  • Reduction of stigma associated with mental illness
  • Realistic work/employment focus, i.e. expectations
  • Increased sense of self-esteem and accomplishment
  • Participation in a “highly thought of” program by the community leads to Social Inclusion
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  • Willingness to voluntarily participate in the Community Work Program and meaningful activities
  • Desire to acquire new skills and enhance present skills levels
  • Fully participate in their recovery and well-being which includes following medical/psychiatrist prescribed medication regimen, as an essential component in reducing re-hospitalizations and psychiatric episodes
  • Being socially and personally responsible and accountable
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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY...

“Since I’ve been widowed and my health has deteriorated I very much appreciate your services!  Many thanks!  K.A.

“The service is exceptional and very professional. Thank you.”  D.H.

“I think this is a great service and good for our community.  Keep up the good work.”  B.C.

“I am very satisfied with all the services provided.  I sincerely appreciate the respect that I am always shown.  It is wonderful to know that I am in good hands – one less thing to worry about.  Many thanks.”  W.D.

“It was a positive experience and well worth the fee. Thank you.”  J.D.
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WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY...

“Today I felt like a somebody.”- Anonymous

“It feels so good to get back to work.”  - Anonymous
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APPLICATIONS

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Social Recreation Funding for True Experience Supportive Housing and Community Work Program has been provided by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
 
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Phone    905-774-6165
Email    sandie@trueexperience.ca
201 Forest St. E. Dunnville
Ontario N1A 3G5
 
 
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