The following programs are currently running at LIFE*SPIN. For more information on these programs click on the program heading:
The Free Store gives the community access to free clothing, household items, information resources and seasonally provides new backpacks and school supplies. There are no fees and invites anyone with lower income.
HOURS: Monday & Wednesday, 10 am to 2 pm & Tuesday from 3 pm - 7 pm.
We are very fortunate to have Len Roozen assisting anyone who needs simple income taxes completed, from the current year to 10 years prior. If you need help to file your current year, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) also provides a Volunteer Tax Program, in various locations throughout London, beginning in March- end of April. Our service for taxes is by appointment only.
Call LIFE*SPIN (519) 438-8676 to book an appointment time.
-10 residential units (no vacancy)
-5 commercial units (no vacancy)
-we work with guardians, support workers, Ontario Works & Ontario Disability Support Program
Christmas can be a difficult time of year for families who are struggling with extra income. Since 1994 LIFE*SPIN has offered the Christmas Sponsorship Program which has provided comfort to families, and offered joy at Christmas for children living in less-fortunate conditions.
How It Works: We match families in need to sponsor families, classes, businesses, etc who then provide Christmas gifts and food.
Sponsors are given a wish list so they know what members of their matched family might like to open on Dec. 25.
To help guide shoppers, the list also includes every child’s clothing and shoe sizes, plus their favorite colour. Sponsors are asked to buy at least one gift for every child.
If requested LIFE*SPIN will provide charitable tax receipts for donated gifts.
Click here for more information.
Large Item Donor Registry Christmas Sponsorship Program
- We match donors of furniture and appliances with people who are in need of them.
- We do not pick up items, but clients are asked to make these arrangements before registering for this service.
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.
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.