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Programs

The following programs are currently running at LIFE*SPIN.  For more information on these programs click on the program heading:

  Free Store

 

-open Monday & Wednesday, 10 am to 2 pm & Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm

-free clothes & household items

-information & resources



 Volunteer Income Tax Program(by appointment Wednesdays from 10am-noon)

We are very fortunate to have Len Roozen assisting anyone who needs simple income taxes completed, from 2013 and prior.  If you need help to file your 2014, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) also provides a Volunteer Tax Program, in various locations throughout London, beginning in March.  Our service for taxes is by appointment only, so call LIFE*SPIN (519) 438-8676 to book an appointment time.

 

Large Item Donor Registry:

-We match donors of furniture & appliances with people who need them

-we do not pick up items, but clients are asked to make these arrangements before registering for this service

 

LIFE*SPIN Community Housing Initiative:

-permanent affordable housing

-10 residential units (no vacancy)

-5 commercial units (no vacancy)

-we work with guardians, support workers, Ontario Works & Ontario Disability Support Program

 

Christmas Sponsorship Program

-matches families in need to sponsor families, classes, businesses, etc, to provide Christmas gifts and food

-provides charitable tax receipts for donated gifts, if requested

 

Public Legal Education

-publishes plain-language information and training materials regarding poverty issues and legislative changes

-provides presentations and systemic consultations on low income issues.

 

Building Common Ground: Old East Common

Our CED Housing Initiative was featured at the FCM Conference in Halifax several years ago, as we initiated low-income housing using a Community Economic Development (CED) model, at a time when there was no provincial or federal housing funding.  There was a bungalow on the adjacent property that was beyond repair, so we had it removed. We have been working with neighbours in the depressed area where we are located to design a community park space "Old East Common".  In order to provide this space to the community - as a component of CED objectives to use local and available resources to generate social, environmental and economic benefits - it is essential to incorporate water efficiency as a tool to mitigate the economic and environmental impact of using an area for community gardens. We developed an innovative drainage system to take the storm water off the flat roof of our building to the park, and are currently researching pathway construction to accommodate walkers, strollers and wheelchairs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVGTcmICcx4

Living Room

As the CED Housing Initiative becomes more sustainable, we are able to offer increased space to the community for programming important to the basic quality of life for citizens who struggle in poverty.  These programs are designed and operated by the community.  Current programming includes: Women’s art therapy, teen girls peer program, health & wellness workshops, summer day-camp program, and various social programs, such as games nights and neighbourhood music and arts events.  Please visit our home page for upcoming workshops and events.

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