L.I.F.E. program participants (L-R:) David, Ibrahim, Jeffrey, Milan. Not pictured: Robbie.

December 5, 2022

L.I.F.E. Program Gives Back to the Hamilton Community

By Cara Fullerton, Autism Counsellor

Since moving to our new location (435 York Blvd.) in the Spring, we wanted to find a meaningful way to help people living in our community.

In the L.I.F.E. program, a day program for young adults with autism, we create our own lessons, and one lesson in particular was about ways that each of us can be charitable – to help people in our community.

After talking about the many ways to spread kindness and be helpful in our community, we gathered up some food donations and visited a nearby food pantry across the street for Thanksgiving. Participants helped to stack the shelves with food. We talked about how it felt helping other people in need, and participants expressed how it made them feel good helping people in their community.

Food Drive for our Neighbours

With the holiday season quickly approaching, we understand that it can be a particularly stressful time for a lot of families struggling with food insecurity. Staff and participants in the L.I.F.E. program decided to organize a food drive to collect food donations from all mental health and autism programs within Woodview to donate to the Good Shepherd’s food bank.  The guys picked the Good Shepherd because they had great experiences volunteering there in the past.

What Does Volunteering Mean to You?

We asked program participants what volunteering means to them – here’s what they said! 💙

Sharing is Caring

L.I.F.E. program participants have been busy volunteering with the City of Hamilton to clean up Victoria Park and they help out at the Inclusion Coffee House clearing and wiping tables.