• Daniel Botham

Blog #2

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

We hope that you are all doing well.

We encourage you to reach out to your clinicians as needed.

This week`s email highlights some resources we hope might be helpful including:

1. Tips for Coping During COVID-19

2. Public Health Contact Information

3. Mental health supports

4. Financial support information. Small business and child subsidy.

5. Emergency Food Programs.

We hope to have some information to share about upcoming groups in the weeks to come.

This mailbox does not accept incoming emails. If you are trying to reach the Concurrent Disorders Outpatient Service please contact Sina at 905-522-1155 ext. 39207. If this is a mental health crisis please contact COAST at 905-972-8338, 24/7, or the Barrett Centre at 905-529-7878. If this is an emergency please call 911.


The Concurrent Disorders Outpatient Service

Public Health:

Contact Hamilton Public Health Services for COVID-19 related health info: COVID hotline at 905-974-9848

Send questions to


**Changes to HSR bus schedules** HSR service will continue to operate.

Effective Monday March 23, 2020, until further notice, HSR is moving to a Saturday level of service from Monday to Friday, across most routes.

Bus fares are FREE of charge and all passengers are to enter/exit using the rear doors



Covid-19 Outbreak Updates

The Public Health Agency – Government of Canada:

The Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 Self-Assessment:

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit:


Mental Health Support:

Anxiety Canada:

Coronavirus anxiety support:

Mental and emotional wellness support:

Free Meditation classes:

Free Mindfulness practice sessions:

Free CPD courses, patient resources and community forums:

Free online courses, audio books, eBooks, movies, colouring books and more:

Free online YMCA fitness classes for all ages:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses:

How to Apply For Ontario’s $200 COVID-19 Childcare Support

Published by todocanada On April 6, 2020 Leave a response - Applications Are Open For Ontario's $200 COVID-19 Childcare Support

As part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the government of Ontario is giving families a one-time payment of $200 per child up to 12 years of age, and $250 for those with special needs, including children, enrolled in private schools. This financial support does not have any income cap.

•How to Apply For Canada Emergency Response Benefit When it Launches on April 6

Ontario public schools will remain closed to teachers until Friday, May 1, 2020, and to students until Monday, May 4, 2020. Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until April 13, according to the Declaration of Emergency, which only allows closures to be extended for one 14-day period at a time.


Information on Emergency Food Programs during COVID-19 Precautions

Hamilton, ON as of March 19, 2020

**Please check websites/social media daily for most up to date information


Daily Hot Meal: Packed meals will be handed out at the Good Shepherd Centre on

135 Mary Street, 905-528-9109

Venture Centre: Pre-packaged boxes will be distributed and we will reduce the number of clients visiting the Marketplace each day

155 Cannon St. E., 905-972-9485 Updated: Mar 19/20



80 Bay St. N. 905-540-1888

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9:30 – 11:45 am, 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Thurs 9:30 – 11:45 am



196 Wentworth St. N., 905-528-4211

Mon, Tues, Thurs 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wed, Fri 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Pre-packaged bundles provide 7 days of food (fresh, canned, frozen). Five families at a time will be served, please dress for weather as you’ll be waiting outside. If not feeling well, have alternate family member pick up -they will need to bring ID and permission note from you.


541 Eatery & Exchange

541 Barton St. E, 289-389-0541

Café closed, staff will be at the door handing out free sack lunches to everyone who needs one, Mondays to Saturdays 11:00 am to 12:00 noon




Emergency Food (Food Bank) and Family Services (28 Athens St.):

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM

Thursday: 12:30 PM -7:15 PM

Friday: Food Bank Closed

Hamilton Community Food Centre (10-310 Limeridge Rd. West)

Drop-in Meals: *Take out only*

Wednesdays Breakfast Drop-In Meal 8:00 – 9:15 am

Thursdays Family Dinner Drop-In Meal 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Fridays One Dish Lunch Drop-In Meal 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Affordable Produce Market – Saturday 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

Welcome Inn


40 Wood St. E. Hamilton

Our Food Bank remains open to meet the ongoing need of individuals and families, but it has been modified (see attached note).

Our community centre will be closed to the public throughout this state of emergency, and it will only be operational during food bank hours in a modified manner.


We have modified our food bank and introduced a grab-and-go system. Our food bank is REMAINING OPEN four days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday). Our new hours of operation will be 10:30am-2:00pm.

All food will be distributed as pre-packaged hampers, based on household size. We are limiting all direct physical contact and trying to create distance between community members, volunteers and staff. Our intake staff will connect with community members outside, and the pre-packaged hampers will be brought to the front door by volunteers.

Community members are encouraged to not all arrive at 10:30am. There is plenty of food at this point, and all hampers will contain the same items. Community members are encouraged to practice social-distancing when approaching the intake table and are asked to immediately leave the area.

NOTE: Welcome Inn will be closed to all public access throughout this crisis. Community members are encouraged to bring umbrellas if it’s raining, and there are no bathroom facilities available at this time. Thanks for your understanding in this regard.

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