Community Living Hamilton

Community Living Hamilton Community Living Hamilton is a not-for-profit organization and registered charity that offers a full range of services to people with special needs.
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We are one of the largest not-for-profits in Hamilton; each year we provide service to approximately 1,000 children, teens, adults and families. Over 60 years ago, Community Living Hamilton was founded by a group of mothers who came together in a church basement to discuss how they could support each other and their sons and daughters with special needs. Since then, we have continued to establish programs and services that have enabled our clients to fully participate and contribute to their community. We continue to promote full inclusion through person-directed planning; which promotes independence, personal choice and assisting our clients lead the lives they want. Whether it's living independently or in a group setting, working in a supported environment or participating in community activities, we are here to help people realize their full potential and dreams.

Mission: Community Living Hamilton’s goal is to educate the community so that it recognizes that some people need more support than others, but all have a way to contribute. All can participate at their own level or in their own way.

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To our family at Community Living Hamilton, our employees, community members, the people and families we support, our volunteers, and caregivers. May you all spend a lovely day! 🤗

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Happy New Year! ✨ Wishing you and your families a safe, healthy, and joyful 2021!  💙  From all of us at Community Living...
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Happy New Year! ✨ Wishing you and your families a safe, healthy, and joyful 2021!

💙 From all of us at Community Living Hamilton.

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Did you register for our Winter Session programs yet? Remember that our virtual programs are free of charge to all perso...
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Virtual Recreation and Leisure Programming - Community Living Hamilton

Did you register for our Winter Session programs yet? Remember that our virtual programs are free of charge to all persons with developmental disabilities aged 18 and over.

The programs include a wide spectrum of recreational, educational and wellness-based activities, as well as life skills training. And participants can register for as many activities as they wish!

View the winter schedule and register today!
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Community Living Hamilton is offering virtual recreation and leisure programs free of charge to all persons with developmental disabilities aged 18...

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191 York Boulevard
Hamilton, ON
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Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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Invitation to join us. This group is to connect people in the helping profession with other helping professionals. This is a space to seek advice, make connections, share resources and get to know other local community organizations in order to provide better services to the individuals that we work with. This is also a space to support one another. Whether you're a person with lived experience, a peer support worker, a social worker, a mental health clinician, an addiction clinician, a nurse, a teacher, personal support worker we all have unique skills and experiences to share. We extend this invitation to anyone in the original LHIN 4 areas of Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Burlington and most of Norfolk. Please feel free to submit resources in your area. Please share this group with anyone you believe may be interested. https://www.facebook.com/groups/HamiltonHelpingNetwork
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