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Organization: True Experience Supportive Housing and Community Work Program  
Phone Numbers: Administration 905-774-6165 * Housing Program 905-774-8691
Fax: 905-774-4620
201 Forest St E
Dunnville, ON
N1A 3G5
Intersection: Forest St E and Tamarac St
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility Notes: Residents at Opportunity House must be fully ambulatory as there are 3 stories(stairs) and no elevator. * Office and Community Work Program only
Hours: Work Program Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm
Housing Program staff coverage 7:30 am-9 pm
Social Recreation Program Mon-Fri * hours vary
Executives: Sandie Heirwegh - Executive Director
Service Description: Vocational, residential and social programs for adults with psychiatric disorders

Helping adults challenged by schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders attain a fulfilling and independent lifestyle within the community by providing vocational, residential and social programs

Work Program - self-sufficient work program for people living with mental illness * promotes stable and independent living conditions for participants * reduces dependency on health and social service agencies * promotes participant contribution to the community and peer support among participants * staff contracts, schedules and supervises participant's work hours

  • lawn maintenance
  • leaf raking
  • garden clean up
  • snow removal
  • janitorial services
  • piecework assembly

Housing Program - level 2 accommodation for people living with mental illness* medium support (not staffed 24hrs) * located at 213 Lock St W, Dunnville * assist clients in attaining optimum level of functioning and responsible self-direction * assist in preparing for independent living * encourage resident involvement in work activity

Program consists of:
  • 7-bed cooperative home where residents are expected to participate in the daily operations of the home
  • housing staff are present to offer guidance and support and are on call to handle emergencies
  • clients arrange social activities on a regular basis

Social Recreation Program - encourages interaction in a safe and supportive environment * organized activities such as cards, darts, billiards, air hockey all indoors; horseshoes and volleyball outdoors weather permitting; walking club * organized outings such as baseball games, soccer games, theatre, hockey games, baking days, barbeques, etc

Meeting: Board meets 2nd Thu of every other month and AGM.
Fees: Service * Client participation in the Work Program is free of charge
Work Program: Customers requiring services for their property - Reasonable rates * discounts to seniors * free estimates * participants are paid fair wages for work done

Application: Self-referral * family or friends * other agencies or clergy * medical community
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: History of chronic psychiatric problems
Age: 17.00 - 65.00 years
Languages: English ; Interpretive Services
Language Note: arrangements can be made to provide interpreters for any language
Area(s) Served:
Dunnville Work Program ; Haldimand County Housing Program ; Norfolk County Housing Program  
See Also: Employment Assistance for People with Disabilities
Housing and Residential Care for People with Mental Illness

This information was last completely updated on January 11, 2017

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