Life Skills Education

Programs that offer training which focuses on the knowledge and skills an individual may need to live independently or make a successful transition to independent living. Participants may include runaway youth who are living on their own, youth who because of age can no longer be maintained in foster care, new widows, victims of domestic abuse, people who have previously been homeless, and others who have lived in an environment in which decision making and responsibilities of daily living have been handled by another as well as people currently living independently who want to be more effective. Training may address job search and retention, money management, insurance, taxes, rental agreements, vehicle purchase, nutrition, home management, health care, legal emancipation for teens and other similar topics.



Supports Indigenous youth who are exiting systems such as Child Protection Services, Justice, Healthcare, or youth whose personal safety may be at risk by providing them with immediate access to housing that is safe, affordable, and appropriate, with zero preconditions. Provides the necessary and

Providing support to 16 and 17-year-old youth seeking housing and/or housing maintenance; assistance to search for, view, apply, and retain housing.

Location of the Indigenous Housing Services Community Hub, which houses life skills programming.

A culturally safe and appropriate space for Indigenous people to access housing supports and connect with peers in a community-based setting. Access meals, connect with elders and knowledge keepers, access traditional medicine, and meet with housing workers. 

Offers activities in recreation and leisure, arts and music, life skill development, and volunteering to adults with developmental disabilities.

Activities include:

Offers life skills and empowerment programs with topics that range throughout the year.

Weekly topics include:

  • Hope to Cope
  • Learn English
  • Overcoming Addictions

Provides life skills training for persons with developmental disabilities who wish to live independently.  This 16 week program is designed to help individuals build the skills that are required to live safely and independently in the community.  These skills include:

Provides day supports for adults with developmental disabilities with a focus on skill building, pre-employment opportunities and literacy skills.  Pre-Employment training assists individuals with identify skills and interests, resume writing, interview skills, job search and job coaching.

Offers a variety of social and recreational classes all day for adults with developmental disabilities. Visit the website to view the online event calendar.

Offers in-centre program services, providing life skills, wellness, and socialization, as well as online programming, facilitating activities, stories, exercise, and connecting with friends. 

Programs include: 

The site for day programming offered by Luso Hamilton for individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. This site offers a roof top patio with seasonal access.

Program providing support for youth who have been involved with Family and Children Services. Helps youth to transition to a more independent lifestyle by developing and implementing a personal plan, and providing help navigating adult service systems and connecting with community supports and re

A community based program for youth requiring support. It helps young people (12-24 years of age) navigate the service systems to connect them to resources in their community.

Achieves is a 12-week program which supports youth in grades 6, 7, and 8 that experience barriers to their social and educational success.

A housing program supporting individuals experiencing episodic or chronic homelessness in acquiring and maintaining safe, affordable, and stable housing in Hamilton. Offers intensive case management, referrals, supports, and help obtaining government assistance.

Steps to Health: A health and lifestyle program aimed at preventing chronic disease and enhancing the quality of life for those living with mental illness. Offers programs in exercise, cooking, nutrition, smoking management, and weight management.

Supporting First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth currently in care or exiting the Child Welfare System. Assistance is offered in supporting youth to identify and achieve their goals. Needs are reviewed and where they currently at in their lives to create ways for them to be successful.

Offers programs that assist people with serious mental illnesses, living both in and out of hospital, to gain or regain valued roles through evidence-based rehabilitation. A program of the Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service (SCIS).

Programs include:

Offers residential program in apartment-style units with early intervention for youth aged 16-21 years, experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness, who are working or are in school with the goal of living independently.

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