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United Way Funded Programs & Services

View a complete Report of the 2014/2015 funded services here. You can also use the interactive map below to learn more about agency locations and directions.

  • Acclaim Health

    Phone: 905-827-8800

    Friendly Visiting recruits and trains volunteers who visit isolated seniors on a regular basis, offering friendship and support. Seniors are often connected to other community programs.

    Memory Visiting for those experiencing the early stages of memory impairment or dementia, our trained volunteers provide companionship, walks or outings and give family caregivers a short break.

    Tele-Touch Program provides free telephone community support to seniors living alone providing relief to their primary caregivers.

  • Alternatives for Youth

    Phone: 905-527-4469

    Counselling includes information, group education, consultation, assessment, support strategies, community treatment and referral services which are available to youth experiencing concerns related to their own or family member’s substance abuse.

  • Ancaster Community Services and Information

    Phone: 905-648-6675

    Assisted Volunteer Driving Program supports seniors in maintaining their well-being and independence by offering clients safe and reliable transportation to important medical appointments or social necessities.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington

    Phone: 905-525-3860

    Matching Services provides mentoring services to children by matching them with a trained adult volunteer. The supportive, caring, friendship-oriented, role model relationships enhance children/youth self-esteem.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington

    Phone: 905-525-3860

    Matching Services provides mentoring services to children by matching them with a trained adult volunteer. The supportive, caring, friendship-oriented, role model relationships enhance children/youth self-esteem.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton

    Phone: 905-549-2814

    Character Development weaves pro-social behaviour developmental assets, and positive values throughout multiple activity-based and experiential programs with an emphasis on relationship building, positive role modeling, and the facilitation of healthy, supportive and empowering environments.

    Let’s Get Moving - After-School Program fosters physical and social skills through a variety of inclusive games and a healthy snack within the child’s own school. (Joint program with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board & Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board).

  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton Region Branch

    Phone: 905-693-4270

    Health Promotion Program provides information, education and training on mental health and addictions as well as connections to community support services

  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Hamilton Branch

    Phone: 905-521-0090

    Evening Social Recreation Rehabilitation Program provides opportunities for adult recipients of mental health services to plan evening activities where they can relax, socialize, and learn communication and living skills, develop group programs and other educational opportunities.

  • Canadian Red Cross – Burlington Branch

    Phone: 905-637-5664

    Health Equipment Loan Program provides short-term loans of medical equipment and mobility aids to those individuals recovering from a health issue and who could not afford to purchase or rent the equipment.

    Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious meals to seniors and adults recovering from an illness, the chronically ill and the physically or mentally challenged.

    Transportation provides safe, reliable transportation to and from medical, rehabilitative and out-of-town specialist appointments, and adult day programs for the frail, elderly, cognitively and physically disabled.

  • Canadian Red Cross – Hamilton Branch

    Phone: 905-522-8485

    Friendly Visiting volunteers provide outings for seniors who live alone or face isolation due to aging, lack of services or geographic isolation.

    Health Equipment Loan Program provides short-term loans of medical equipment and mobility aids to those individuals recovering from a health issue and who could not afford to purchase or rent the equipment.

    Meals on Wheels deliver nutritious meals to seniors and adults recovering from an illness, the chronically ill and the physically or mentally challenged.

    Transportation provides safe, reliable transportation to and from medical, rehabilitative and out-of-town specialist appointments, and adult day programs for the frail, elderly, cognitively and physically disabled.

  • Catholic Family Services

    Phone: 905-527-3823

    Credit Counselling involves a consumer education, counselling and debt repayment program designed to assist individuals and families in acquiring the skills necessary for financial stability.

    Individual and Family Counselling delivers services to individuals who do not have the resources to access counselling. It builds on the strengths of individuals, couples and families and assists in removing barriers that prevent optimal social functioning.

    Senior’s Intervention and Support enables high-risk seniors to remain in independent living situations. Program intervenes before health or other personal problems develop preventing the need for health services or institutional care.

  • Catholic Youth Organization

    Phone: 905-528-0011

    Group Work Services includes a variety of programs – inner city day camping and residential camping; leadership development training for teenagers; recreational/athletic programs for elementary school aged children; leadership development and recreational camping for female survivors of domestic violence; respite care for developmentally delayed teens and adults.


    Phone: 905-529-8813

    Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra employs a steel band orchestra as a forum in which local youth can experience positive group interaction and cohesion with others from different ethnic populations and high-needs neighbourhoods.

  • CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)

    Phone: 1-888-275-5332

    Counselling and Referral Services identifies individual needs and goals of new clients experiencing vision loss and the necessary support services to meet those needs. Referrals to other community services are made as needed.

    Rehabilitation Program works with seniors experiencing vision loss to develop the skills necessary to help them remain independent and active within their community.

  • CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) Halton/Peel

    Phone: 905-528-8555

    Counselling and Referral Services identifies individual needs and goals of new clients experiencing vision loss and the necessary support services to meet those needs. Referrals to other community resources are made as needed.

    Rehabilitation Program works with seniors experiencing vision loss to develop the skills necessary to help them remain independent and active within their community.

  • Community Development Halton

    Phone: 905-632-1975

    Social Planning provides community based information within the Halton region. This program brings the community together to understand issues and act on them accordingly.


  • Community Living Burlington

    Phone: 905-336-2225

    Life Skills offers adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to get involved in a variety of activities designed to enhance daily living skills, such as; communication development, social and recreational
    development, personal care skills and exercise, craft, music and baking classes. Additional programs are offered to promote community inclusion, such as library trips, work experience, swimming and bowling.

    Life Skills has been specifically designed for people who require a higher level of support.

    Preschool Integration works in partnership with childcare centres and nursery schools and other services that assist families to support preschool aged children with a developmental disability. The program creates tailored plans to further develop each childs strengths.

    New Horizons is designed to promote community inclusion for seniors who have a developmental disability. The goal of New Horizons is to build community partnerships, raise community awareness, but most of all to promote community participation and decrease isolation for our aging population. This is done by integrating seniors who have a developmental disability into existing community facilities where senior programming is available.
    Residential Services operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for adults who have a developmental disability. The service provides support and supervision of the adults who live in the homes.

  • Community Living Hamilton

    Phone: 905-528-0281

    Respite/Supported Leisure provides inclusion in community leisure and vacations for youth and adults with an intellectual disability, also providing respite to families.

  • Dawn Patrol Child & Youth Services

    Phone: 905-526-9529

    REACH – Rewarding and Enhancing the Lives of At-Risk Children is an early intervention and prevention program that provides strategies for enhancing supports for at-risk children and youth that increase social skills, school achievement, and self-worth through creative individual and group programming and activities.

  • Dundas Community Services

    Phone: 905-627-5461

    Community Development and Planning identifies emerging community needs through research, finds financial and human resources to address those needs, and recruits and
    organizes citizens to meet those needs.

    Coordinated Services identifies community needs, reports needs to appropriate agencies/organizations, advocates and negotiates for services to be available in the Dundas
    community, and coordinates multiple services for the citizens of Dundas.

    Individual and Family Counselling promotes and strengthens individuals and families, enhancing community inclusion and integration through the provision of ongoing assessment and counselling, crisis intervention, advocacy and referrals.

    Information Dundas provides citizens with the information that links them with services available in the community.

    Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities provides assisted transportation, caregiver support, training, information and education, security checks, friendly visiting, Canada Post alerts and Meals on Wheels.

    Volunteer Services responds to the volunteer needs of non-profit organizations. Recruits, screens, interviews, refers and places


    Phone: 905-527-3097

    A Woman’s Journey is a 8 week education and information group for women who have experienced abuse and their anger is a barrier in going forward in their lives.

    Court Support assists women who have been charged with criminal offences by providing crisis/ transitional support, education of the justice system, alternative sentencing options and referrals to community resources.

    Opportunities for Women is a 8 week group that assists women who are in conflict or at-risk of coming into conflict with the law to identify areas of their lives that they need to address in more depth such as grief, self-esteem and effective communication. Further they will learn new skills to lead healthier lives.

    Release Planning assists women who are returning to Hamilton with planning for release, community referrals, and follow up support after their release.

  • Flamborough Information and Community Services

    Phone: 905-689-7880

    Waterdown Seniors Social Club provides a variety of social and recreational activities to increase socialization in the rural community of Flamborough to offset the harmful affect of social isolation.

  • Food for Life Canada

    Phone: 905-510-5724


    Food for Life is a local food based charity that sources and distributes fresh and nutritious food to those in need and is the largest food distribution network in Halton. Food for life provides food for 175,000 meals per month in the Halton Region. This food is provided to more than 30 food banks and hunger relief programs in Burlington.

  • Forest View Church and Partners

    Phone: 905-825-2992

    Community Outreach offers food distribution through a weekly food cupboard at Bill Shackleton Place, twice monthly community dinners and five on-site bike clinics.

    Next Door Social Space a community resource centre in Aldershot, offers programs and services that equip people with new skills, allow for skill sharing, and development of supportive and healthy relationships.


  • Glanbrook Home Support Programme

    Phone: 905-692-3464

    Meals Made Easy provides a wide variety of freshly prepared home-made, frozen meals that are delivered to the client’s home or can be picked up.

  • Halton Family Services

    Phone: 905-845-3811

    Individual, Couple, and Family Counselling provides a range of professional counselling to help people cope with a wide range of life’s problems and stresses.

  • Halton Food for Thought

    Phone: 905-315-6842

    Student Nutrition is a school nutrition program (breakfast, lunch or snack) offered in Burlington schools. A nutrition educational program is also offered to students.

    High School Meal Card provides subsidy to at-risk high school students functioning at school without food.

  • Hamilton and District Ostomy Association

    Phone: 905-389-8822

    Community Outreach provides support to persons with an Ostomy and their families through monthly meetings, referrals, information materials, public awareness and education in the community.

  • Hamilton Council on Aging

    Phone: 905-777-3837

    Community Support Services for seniors from Diverse Communities focuses on addressing and eliminating barriers improving access to ensure the well-being of seniors from diverse communities.

  • Hamilton Jewish Social Services

    Phone: 905-627-9922

    Casework provides crisis intervention, resettlement and integration programs, information and referral, and a kosher food bank.

    Senior Programs provide a variety of support services for older adults including daily workshops, a choir, a theatre, social and recreational activities, English as a Second Language, literacy workshops and computer usage.

  • Hamilton Literacy Council

    Phone: 905-529-9907

    Literacy and Basic Skills provides one-to-one tutoring on basic literacy, upgrading in reading, document use, writing, numeric, oral communication, working with others, computer use and continuous learning.


    Phone: 905-544-0050

    Social and Recreation Opportunities in partnership with various organizations, the centre provides a variety of social and recreational programs to children, youth, families, newcomers and seniors.

  • John Howard Society

    Phone: 905-522-4446

    Crisis Intervention & Reintegration Services supports recently released individuals from a correctional institution through short term counselling, direct assistance or referral to appropriate services.

    Family Support provides brief intervention services for parents who are experiencing challenges parenting youth 12 to 17 years old who are in conflict with the law or at-risk of coming into conflict with the Youth Justice System.

    Transportation provides monthly trips to the federal penitentiaries in the Kingston and Warkworth areas for family members and their children who wish to maintain contact with incarcerated loved ones.

  • Living Rock Ministries

    Phone: 905-528-7625

    Oasis Coffee House provides a hot meal and social-recreational program for street-involved or at-risk youth that includes positive recreational activities that build character, resiliency and foundational skills required for healthy development and future success.

  • Lynwood Charlton Centre

    Phone: 905-389-1361

    Under the Willows…Where Children Grow offers a unique integrated arts-garden-play summer program to under-privileged children who have been exposed to violence in their families and communities.

  • Multiple Sclerosis of Canada, Hamilton Chapter

    Phone: 905-527-7874

    Health and Wellness offers a number of key activities (self-help groups, yoga classes, education sessions, friendly visits, and kids programs) aimed at supporting individuals and families in addressing health and wellness concerns resulting from MS.

  • Navy League of Canada – Hamilton Branch

    Phone: 905-522-4414

    Cadets Program provides training on leadership, communications, and other life skills including: first aid, seamanship, drill, presentation skills and more.

  • Nelson Youth Centres

    Phone: 905-681-2611

    Group Therapy provides group based treatment intervention which supports and strengthens the abilities of children and youth to develop more effective social/emotional skills and life skills. The program includes a mandatory parental program.

  • Radius Child & Youth Services

    Phone: 905-825-3242

    Trauma Assessment/Treatment offers counselling and other supports to children or adults who have been subjected to sexual, physical or emotional abuse and neglect.

  • Reach Out Centre for Kids (R.O.C.K.)

    Phone: 905-634-2347

    Our Community Cares (Burloak / Warwick Surrey) is dedicated to building healthy communities in high needs neighbourhoods and provides after-school programming, volunteer opportunities, summer programs, computers, a food bank, and a free clothing store.

    Early Years Mobile Services provides families with children under the age of six years, in specific neighbourhoods in Burlington, with drop-in programs. Activities include story and circle times, toys, games and parenting resources.

  • Robert Land Community Association

    Phone: 905-526-1558

    Community Hub builds capacity through partnerships that bring needed programs to the Keith neighbourhood.



    Phone: 905-825-3622

    The Senior Circles program is an Elder Abuse public awareness program delivered by volunteer Senior Leaders and Senior Program Coordinators. This program provides seniors with peer support between seniors, information, legal and community resources, accessible support networks and counselling services.

  • Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton and Area (SACHA)

    Phone: 905-525-4573

    Abuse Prevention offers off-site educational presentations and training workshops on issues related to sexual violence, sexual harassment, childhood sexual abuse.

    Counselling and Advocacy offers individual and group counselling for women, men and youth, 16+, who have experienced any form of adult sexual violence.

    Crisis Support offers a free, confidential and anonymous 24-hour telephone support line to survivors of sexual violence and accompaniment and transportation to the hospital or police station.  The service is also available to family or friends of survivors and community professionals who may require information after hours. The 24-hour Support Line is available on over 300 languages

    Diverse Community Outreach provides multilingual support programs to newcomer women and women from diverse racial and cultural communities.

  • Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton

    Phone: 905-522-1148

    Research Planning and Coordination initiates and engages in activity that uses research, planning and coordination functions to inform decisions for policy and program choices.

  • St. John Ambulance

    Phone: 905-387-1880

    Therapy Dog Program facilitates and trains volunteers and their dogs to visit residents of long term care facilities reducing isolation and encouraging socializing.

  • St. Joseph’s Home Care

    Phone: 905-522-6888

    Personal and Home Support Services identifies seniors who require personal and/or home support to enable them to remain independent in the community. A program manager works with the client to establish personal goals and the provision of a personalized care plan.

  • St. Joseph’s Villa

    Phone: 905-627-3541

    Adult Day Program is a social, recreational, physically stimulating day program for seniors, offering a wide range of activities focusing on the maintenance of cognitive and physical functioning.

  • St. Matthew’s House

    Phone: 905-523-5546

    Basic Needs and Practical Assistance provides access to food, information and referral, housing, employment and counselling.

    Roxborough Basic Needs and Practical Assistance provides access to food, information and referral, housing, employment and counselling in east Hamilton and McQuesten neighbourhoods.

    Roxborough Seniors Centre enables seniors to share skills, socialize, access fitness and recreation, information and referral within their neighbourhood.

  • STRIDE (Supported Training and Rehabilitation in Diverse Environments)

    Phone: 905-693-4252

    Employment Connections offers a variety of job readiness services to individuals who are dealing with mental health issues and are ready to either develop their careers in new areas or to return to a field in which they have previous experience.

  • Student Open Circle

    Phone: 905-528-1221

    Community Volunteer Action Group provides human resources to non-profit organizations through volunteer placement of McMaster University students.

  • Support and Housing Halton

    Phone: 905-845-9212

    Ready4Life provides vulnerable youth who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness with mental health supports, daily living activities, supportive counselling, advocacy and life skills training, one-to-one, or in a group setting.

  • The Canadian Hearing Society – Hamilton Region

    Phone: 905-522-0755

    Hearing Care Counselling provides communication and hearing care support services to enable seniors with hearing loss to carry out daily activities independently, safely, and with reduced communication difficulties.

  • Threshold School of Building

    Phone: 905-522-8686
    Website: WWW.TSOB.CA

    Ready to Work offers training and work experience to youth with employment barriers providing mentorship, hands-on classroom and shop instruction, and on-site work experience.

  • United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton

    Phone: 905-635-3138

    The McMaster Non-Profit Governance Workshops are specifically designed to enhance governance in the non-profit sector using sound business principles as embodied in the Directors’ College at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

    Union Peer Counselling Training Program is designed to give representatives the tools needed to assist fellow employees (and/or their families) find help/services in the community.

  • Volunteer Halton

    Phone: 1-855-395-8807

    Volunteer Halton supports volunteerism through recruitment, referral, education and leadership

  • Volunteer Hamilton

    Phone: 905-523-4444

    Agency Capacity builds organizational capacity by providing workshops in the areas of Volunteer Management and Voluntary Organizational Management.

    Volunteer Management provides an online searchable volunteer database with over 130 community agencies posting volunteer opportunities available to the public.

  • Welcome Inn Community Centre

    Phone: 905-525-5824

    Learn and Fun After-School is an after-school program that includes student mentorship, homework help, financial literacy curriculum, recreation, social activities, and a nutrition program.

  • Wesley Urban Ministries

    Phone: 905-528-5629

    Early Years Mobile Services offers free and accessible early childhood and parenting services to families in specific neighbourhoods where there are identified gaps with no existing services.

    Multicultural Seniors Outreach offers a unique, personalized, comprehensive case management approach to issues of income security and personal well-being affecting low-income seniors from many different cultural backgrounds.

    Reading Buddies enables students to develop strategies to become stronger readers through read-along with tutors and by participating in activities that encourage them to read.

    Wesley Youth Housing is a multi-staged transitional housing program for homeless youth/ those at-risk of becoming homeless and provides youth with access to mentors, life coaches, and other supports leading to independent living.

  • Wever Community Hub

    Phone: 905-522-9965

    WAVE (Wever After-School Ventures in Education) offers a wide range of quality recreational, social and educational activities daily to over 150 children ages 6 -13 from four inner city Hamilton neighbourhoods.

  • YMCA of Hamilton / Burlington / Brantford

    Phone: 905-529-7102

    Beyond the Bell offers a safe place where children receive special help with school work, social and leadership skills development.

    Children and Youth Health and Fitness Membership provides access for children, youth and families to health and wellness activities through the provision of financially assisted memberships.

    Day Camp Program encourages learning, physical activity, and personal development in a supervised and caring environment during the summer months.

    Helping Hands offers one-to-one counsellor support for children with physical and developmental disabilities allowing them to participate in day camp.

    Keeping Seniors Connected provides proactive networking with other services and community groups to solicit referrals of seniors at risk due to social isolation. Provides seniors with a one year membership to the centre to access physical and recreational activities to promote their

    Ron Edwards Family YMCA Youth Resource Centre provides young people ages 16 to 23, with a tailored mix of recreation, education, skills development, information and
    referrals to other agencies for additional

    Young and Young at Heart is an intergenerational recreation program that brings youth and seniors together to create an intergenerational community for shared learnings and mentorship.

  • YWCA of Hamilton

    Phone: 905-522-9922

    Employment Support Services offers people in poverty the employment support services that they need to acquire the skills and tools to secure and maintain employment.

    Good Beginnings is a parent and infant support volunteer program that screens, selects, trains, and assigns volunteers to visit the homes of parents with a newborn.

    Girls Space is a neighbourhood based program for young women between the ages of 11 to 14 designed to empower young girls to seek roles that will make them leaders and contributors.

    Kids Clubs provides organized educational and recreational activities that enables children ages 5 to 10 to master new skills, enrich their physical and social development, and have fun.

    Leadership and Training provides leadership skills to economically disadvantaged youth ages 12 to 19, helping them with the necessary skills to earn a living.

    Living Well offers a variety of physical and wellness programs for individuals and groups that enhance well-being and promote social interaction and inclusion.

    Women Alive! offers low-income newcomer women and their children access to recreational, health and wellness activities.

    Women’s Transitional Housing provides safe, supportive, affordable housing for women over 16 who wish to develop skills in independent living in a supportive environment.