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  • True Experience: Community Work and Supportive Housing Program; Serving Dunnville, Haldimand and Norfolk

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  • True Experience: Community Work and Supportive Housing Program; Serving Dunnville, Haldimand and Norfolk
    Our clients are adults with severe and persistent mental illness who require specialized programs in Supportive Housing and Vocational Training and Skills Development Both the Supportive Housing and Community Work Program are open to clients who are 17 to 65 years of age with a history diagnosis of a chronic mental illness Program participation is voluntary Supportive Housing Program The True Experience Supportive Housing Program is a client centred program in its 23rd year of operation funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care We operate a seven bed transitional congregate living residence named Opportunity House and apart from offering affordable housing also focuses on teaching activities of daily living personal budget management and involvement in the decision making process The Supportive Housing Program also offers supports to clients living independently in the community There is currently no waiting list and 3 beds are available Existing Client Services The True Experience Supportive Housing Program provides Medium support accommodation Assistance and support to the resident in attaining his her optimum level of functioning Assistance to resident in preparing for independent living in the community Promotion of effective use of leisure time through development of social and recreational skills Encouragement to the resident to develop wellness strategies medication compliance healthy lifestyle choices Encouragement to resident to increase involvement in work activities continuation of education and or volunteerism Advocacy for resident with landlords and other community services Limited crisis intervention medical psychiatric situational Family education and support Community outreach and education Intake and Eligibility Criteria 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

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  • True Experience: Community Work and Supportive Housing Program, Serving; Dunnville, Haldimand and Norfolk
    Hamilton Niagara Brant and part of Halton Our clients are adults with severe and persistent mental illness who require specialized programs in Supportive Housing and Vocational Training and Skills Development Both the Supportive Housing and Community Work Program are open to clients who are 17 to 65 years of age with a history diagnosis of a chronic mental illness Program participation is voluntary Community Work Program The True Experience Community Work Program in its 26th year of operation 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 There are no fees or charges to participate in the program There is no waiting list Program Activities The True Experience 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 Woodworking 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 Access to computers to learn keyboarding resume writing internet browsing 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 Intake Eligibility Criteria 17 years of age and over with a diagnosis of mental illness Demonstrated means of income i e Ontario Disability Support Program

    Original URL path: http://www.trueexperience.ca/indexfiles/communitywork.html (2014-05-04)
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  • Success Stories: True Experience: Community Work and Supportive Housing Program; Serving Dunnville, Haldiman and Norfolk
    overall response rate was 88 5 industrial type contracts added to core business of program lawn maintenance and snow removal Addition of a janitorial contract 36 program True Experience Work Program participants in the 2006 07 year True Experience Work Program Participants Of the 36 True Experience Community Work Program participants in the 2006 07 year 35 were active in the Community Work Program other meaningful activities or educational pursuits 33 participants were active in direct employment activities resulting in 3 589 paid person hours 100 of participants completed W H M I S training 97 3 of participants achieved at least 75 attendance at scheduled work assignments 88 of participants achieved 100 of their objectives There was a 97 reduction in re hospitalizations in the 2006 07 year only one participant was hospitalized for 5 days True Experience Work Program participants attended 8 client meetings in 2006 07 Client attendance at each meeting averaged 70 75 4 participants held part time community based employment in addition to program participation 2 True Experience Work Program participants attended school part time 2 participants are active on the True Experience Community Work Program Joint Health and Safety Committee Back to top Contract Work Success Stories By far the greatest successes of our Work Program are the achievements of our program participants Our approach has been and continues to be hands on realistic vocational training skills development and real employment opportunities Our Community Work Program is based on a competitive market model and we do not pay our program participants training wages The following are an example of the successes we have enjoyed and continue to build upon Participants in our Community Work Program have demonstrated their abilities by assembling regulators for a large public utility company and to date we have assembled almost 14 000 regulators Another contract was the milling buffing and assembly of over 22 000 quick coupler components for a Cayuga Ontario company The packaging of components for an automotive after market products company based in Welland Ontario resulted in packaging of over 16 000 instruction hardware kits and 24 000 tail gate locks for pickup trucks We reclaimed and re cycled 19 000 distributor caps which were then re used in the manufacturing of new products In addition to date we have manufactured over 8 000 dunnage boards for three transport companies two based in Hagersville Ontario and the other in Hamilton Ontario The Community Work Program was involved in the manufacturing of lawn garden furniture English style garden benches and chairs arbors Muskoka chairs picnic tables and custom orders This component of the Work Program proved to be very successful and of note is our involvement with the Dunnville Lions Club and the Hagersville Lions Club The Dunnville Lions Club ordered picnic tables for Camp Dorset a camp for Ontarians who require dialysis and the Hagersville Lions Club ordered dining room tables and benches for Camp Trillium a camp for children and young adults diagnosed with cancer

    Original URL path: http://www.trueexperience.ca/indexfiles/successstories.html (2014-05-04)
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  • True Experience - Tour Select
    Tour Select

    Original URL path: http://www.trueexperience.ca/indexfiles/tour.html (2014-05-04)
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  • Contact: True Experience: Community Work and Supportive Housing Program; Serving Dunnville, Haldimand and Norfolk
    Program Contact Name Bernd W Beilschmidt Executive Director Address 201 Forest Street East Dunnville Ontario N1A 3G5 Phone Main Office 905 774 6165 Main Office 905 774 5555 Supportive Housing Office 905 774 8691 Toll Free 1 800 307 9393

    Original URL path: http://www.trueexperience.ca/indexfiles/contact.html (2014-05-04)
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  • True Experience - Supportive Housing Tour
    Supportive Housing Tour

    Original URL path: http://www.trueexperience.ca/indexfiles/shtour.html (2014-05-04)
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  • True Experience - Community Work Tour
    Community Work Tour

    Original URL path: http://www.trueexperience.ca/indexfiles/cwtour.html (2014-05-04)
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