At St. Leonard’s Place Peel (SLPP) offers supportive housing to men who have had a conflict with the law and are now transitioning back into society, and for men who have experienced homelessness, mental illness, and/or addiction.
St. Leonard’s Place Peel offers three steams of supportive housing programs:
New Leaf Program
Provides housing and wraparound supports to adult men in the community overcoming situations of homelessness due to acute mental illness and/or substance abuse. Clients are required to demonstrate a reasonable level of stabilization in their recovery journey as well as a readiness to live a substance-free lifestyle. Referrals may come from service providers or from self-referrals.
Reintegration / Community Residential Facility Program
Offers case management and correctional planning in a supportive living environment for men transitioning from a federal correctional facility. Applicants must show a commitment to living a pro-social and law-abiding lifestyle. Applications are referred through Correctional Services Canada (CSC) or self-referral while in a CSC facility.
Clients 50 years or older who have successfully transitioned from either the New Leaf Program or the Reintegration Program may apply for residency as a Graduate. This program builds the capacity of men advanced in age to eventually live independently with confidence in the broader community. Applications by internal SLPP referral only.
Recreational Therapy Program
Our Recreation Therapy Program is designed to improve and restore physical and mental health wellness among clients. This program is led by a Certified Recreational Therapist. Classes and activities focus on improving clients’ physical and mental health, strengthening self-esteem and interpersonal skills, and encouraging healthy and active lifestyles.
Our Financial Literacy and Meaningful Employment Program is headed by our Job Developer, who works with clients to determine their capacities, goals, and professional objectives. Clients are then provided assistance in connecting to potential employers and given one-on-one counselling sessions to strengthen their financial literacy, including the creation and maintenance of monthly budgets.
Life Skills Program
Our Life Skills Program is designed to equip and empower clients with the tools to live full and productive lives during and after their residency as SLPP. The educational workshops provide clients with the opportunity to learn about critical life skills in the areas of:
- Personal / Self-Care
- Understanding Oneself
- Goal Setting
- Nutrition and Healthy Living
- Effective Communication
- Problem Solving and Decision Making
- Leadership and Initiating Change
Our Meal Program provides three meals a day to all clients, following Canada’s Food Guide to ensure nutritional nourishment. Our full-time kitchen staff and professional-grade kitchen work 365 days a year to prepare hearty meals to our residents and staff, and each meal always comes with a side of friendly warmth. Our excellent kitchen staff are also available to cater events upon request.
SLPP’s Psycho-Education Programs are evidence-based and provide clients with an opportunity to better understand their situations of mental illness or addiction and how to manage these conditions effectively over the long term. Psycho-Education Programs focus on mental health management, relapse prevention, treatment compliance, and many other topics that help to build the capacity of clients to effectively deal with situations of mental illness and addiction.
Family members affected by mental illness, addiction, or conflict with the law often need their own forms of support and education. As key members of their loved one’s circle of care, SLPP understands the importance of clients’ family members through engagement in various capacities. In 2018, SLPP will be offering capacity-building workshops for families actively involved in their loved ones’ care. This program is designed to help family members optimize their ability to support their relative in their recovery and reintegration plan while equipping them with the tools to maintain their own self-care.
Speaker’s Bureau Program
It’s one thing to read about the facts of homelessness or incarceration. But hearing from someone who has gone through those experiences can be an important leap from a mere conceptual understanding to a fuller, emotionally-grounded awareness.
Many of our clients have a wealth of lived experience that they wish to meaningfully share with the wider community. To this end, our Speaker’s Bureau Program connects our clients to interested audiences wishing to learn and share about the issues that we care most about.
The topics that our clients can speak to include:
- Incarceration and the Justice System
- Mental Health
Our clients have engaged audiences in a wide variety of venues: schools, colleges, dinner events, corporate lunches, staff training sessions.
If you are interested in booking an event with our Speaker’s Bureau, please fill out this form and email it to Ross Harding, Communications Coordinator. And if you have any other questions, feel free to ask Ross!