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. SLPP provides a variety of programs and services that provide our clients with a safe and healing environment to recover, rebuild their lives and reintegrate back into society.
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.
- Encouraging healthy and active lifestyles and a greater sense of accomplishment.
- Realize the benefits of a healthy leisure lifestyle
A New Fit You & Stretching is an exercise program for residents that is designed to assist participants in achieving personal fitness goals. The program incorporates a variety of fitness assessments and practices to safely attain and track progress.
Creative Time is an arts and crafts program that provides clients with the time, space, and inspiration to express their creativity in a variety of forms via a variety of artistic media.
Drop-In Games is a sports-based program that incorporates a variety of recreational activities. The goal of this program is to give residents the opportunity to learn and develop their sports-related skills. Games are modified to accommodate the capabilities of all residents. Structured tournaments are scheduled for popular sports up to 3 times a year. The program provides improved physical and social health for clients.
Leisure Ed addresses the component of therapeutic recreation focused on the development of leisure skills, attitudes, and knowledge, with the goal of improving quality of life. Based on the Leisure Education Content Model, this program incorporates leisure awareness, leisure resources, social interaction skills, and leisure activity skills developed by Peterson and Gunn.
Striding Towards Change is a group walking/jogging program for residents. The group’s goal is to train towards walking 5km and entering a charity event together. Training will include incremental progression towards 5km distance; each session will include warming up, walking, and stretching. The program provides improved physical, social, and emotional health for residents.
Mind At Ease provides clients with a variety of relaxation methods. The goal is to produce the body’s natural relaxation response, characterized by slower breathing, lower blood pressure, and a feeling of increased wellbeing. One relaxation method is taught at each session. Relaxation methods include (but are not limited to): autogenic training, deep-breathing or breathing exercises, guided imagery, progressive relaxation, self hypnosis, yoga, tai-chi, and stretching. The program provides improved physical, cognitive, spiritual, and emotional health for residents.
Library Time gives residents the opportunity to access books, browse library resources, and access a computer at the local library. The goal of the program is to encourage residents to explore their interests and develop new ones.
Cooking Skills is designed to give clients an opportunity to develop basic culinary skills as a group. The goal of the program is to get clients engaged in an activity that is both a practical life skill and used for recreational fun.
Paws to Relax is a pet therapy program that motivates relaxation and positive mood among clients through the exchange of play, warmth, and affection with the therapy dog.
The Birthday Project acknowledges and celebrates the life and achievements of clients on their birthdays. Social Outings provides residents the opportunity to interact and explore various sites and attractions in the community. Activities include movie nights, bowling, mini-golf, and other social outings.
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
Residents of SLPP are served three nutritious meals daily. Our full-time kitchen staff and professional-grade kitchen work 365 days a year to prepare hearty meals that follow the Canada’s Food Guide to ensure nutritional nourishment. Our excellent kitchen staff are also available to cater events upon request.
SLPP’s Support 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. Support 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.
Recovery Group – a topically driven discussion group for individuals committed to working on their sobriety and relapse prevention plans.
Me, Myself and I – a group designed to inform and educate participants about symptom management in relation to their mental health conditions.
Smoking Cessation and Stress Management – strategies for quitting smoking and managing related stress.
Invictus – Relapse prevention education, learning to set and commit to goals, understanding and developing strategies for sound decision making, as well as building routines and managing the obstacles of daily living.
Communication Styles and Conflict Resolution – program designed to help participants develop an understanding of the styles of communication, improving communication to get what they need, as well as developing skills in conflict resolution.
Jammin’ – Music Therapy group which will involve mindfulness exercises, song writing and expression through music.
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
St. Leonard’s Place Peel (SLPP) relaunched the Speaker’s Bureau Program. This initiative evolved out of SLPP’s “community talks” series which shared the inspirational stories of our clients with students and professionals in a variety of settings. The revamped program offers a structured presentation outlining the complex set of personal and societal factors that precede situations of homelessness, addiction, and/or conflict with the law for so many within our communities. At the core of the presentation are SLPP clients who share their lived experience of challenge and change. It is our hope that these narratives will inspire audiences to join SLPP in creating and supporting systems that offer fewer barriers and more opportunities for men rebuilding their lives after periods of difficulty.
Our Speaker’s Bureau Program offers three presentation topics:
Peel Region is reported to have one of the country’s longest social housing waitlists with a staggering 14,520 people accessing homeless shelters or transitional housing each year. 75% are men, many of whom would have never expected to be in a position of homelessness themselves. These presentations will share the difficulty of living without stable housing, and what housing stability means for those who have lived through the experience of homelessness.
Mental Health & Addiction:
1 in 5 Canadians live with a serious and chronic mental health condition that causes great disruption in their lives. Through this presentation, clients share their many challenges and successes on the road to recovery and stability.
Justice & Reintegration:
Clients share the obstacles and pressures that led to their conflict with the law, as well as the new pathways to success being paved through correctional plans. Life within the federal penitentiary and the important role that Community Residential Facilities (or “halfway houses”) like SLPP play in reintegration are also themes that will be explored.
To book a presentation, please download and complete the attached form. In order to maintain the sustainability of the Speaker’s Bureau Program, a small administration fee of $100 for each resident participating in each engagement is required. This modest charge is to recoup any client losses for having to take time off work, and to cover any travel costs associated with the engagement. If you have any questions about the program or you would like to book an engagement, please contact Bruce Mackenzie, Fundraising and Communications Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.