May 22, 2020 – From my experience in the mental health housing industry, I know that a good state of mental health is vital when it comes to our well-being, for our team members and for residents alike. Personal and community interaction lends to sense of belonging and its positive effects help individuals live longer. Even before COVID-19, loneliness was a growing public health concern and one of its main cause
May 12, 2020 --Bed Availability
With COVID-19 restrictions slowly lifting and in efforts to ease the burden on the hospital system, we are pleased to announce that we will be accepting new admissions based on the following criteria:
1) Client is discharged directly from hospital into a SupportiveLiving Residence
2) There is a 24-hour COVID-19 test conducte
May 1, 2020 – Over the past seven weeks since restrictions have been placed on our communities due to COVID-19 we have seen the housing industry turned upside down, with a monumental increase in demand for affordable housing as well as housing for the vulnerable and an increased pressure on an already stressed industry.
I would like to take a moment to applaud all Frontline workers across Canada, the uns
April 18, 2020 -In a shocking statement by Ian McCallum posted to his blog with regards to Walnut Manor, he has once again raised questions as to the operations of SupportiveLiving.ca in St. Thomas.
Ian McCallum chooses to attack SupportiveLiving on a constant basis to serve his own political agenda. For many months, well before COVID-19 was even a current topic, SupportiveLiving.ca was monitoring the situation closely
March 20, 2020 - Fourteen years ago when I built my first home in Welland, Ontario, I was able to house four so-called “unhousable” residents who had fallen through the cracks in the health care system, with critics trying to convince me that what I was doing was not “worth it” and not possible. Since then I have not looked back and have housed hundreds of Ontario’s vulne
February 18, 2020 - SupportiveLiving.ca is proud to present a six-part blog series: From Corporate to Community – A Tale of Two Realities.
Shama Chaudhry, now Director of Communications for SupportiveLiving.ca, is a published author, international best-seller and has worked in Corporate Canada for most of her career.
This blog series is a reflection of her transformation mo
This is Part 1 of a six-part blog series entitled From Corporate to Community - A Tale of Two Realities
It was September 2016. I sat at my cubicle, staring at my computer, the cursor blinking back at me. I woke up that morning, in complete dread of my routine: the commute, a hundred unread emails and looming deadlines.
After fifteen years, my heart wasn’t in it any more. The ambi
While I was at Corporate, every turn I took towards advancement was a trial. When you come from a place where you once loved your job and suddenly you're thrown into a space where everything is in constant flux, the need for stability is paramount.
Although agility was one of my key strengths, there was only so much change I could endure. With being constantly told you can do better, I was up for the challenge, but as I mentio
This was it. I was following two of my passions: writing and giving back to the community.
After going through my own turmoil and having the resources for support and guidance, I knew deep down, I needed to pay it forward.
I began volunteering my time to write for organizations where the premise for their business revolved around the support, guidance and empowerment of their respective communities. I volunteered for o
In my last blog, I talked about how I nervous I was speaking to Barb.
I could hear her voice in the background. “Someone is calling for me?” she asked incredulously.
When she finally picked up the phone, I quickly introduced myself to her. There was so much excitement in her voice that I could feel her energy through the phone. As I asked her questions about her life before coming to SupportiveLiving.ca, he