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Community Resource Programs
Each March, Welcome Inn hosts volunteers from the Revenue Canada program to assist people with a low income to file their taxes. The volunteer will help with the current year, simple tax filing to ensure that low income residents are current in their qualification for various federal and provincial supports. Appointments must be made in advance by booking only.
Library & Computer Lab
The 3rd Space Resource Centre is a place for all community members to access books and computers for free. People are able to “take a book, leave a book” in a similar fashion to the little libraries that have popped up all over Hamilton. The library offers books at no cost to kids, youth, seniors, and individuals at all reading levels – they even make an ideal Christmas gift!
We host computer classes for people to participate in to learn basic computer skills, enhance existing ones and have an opportunity to ask an expert any questions that they might have regarding using a computer. Whether learning how to skype, or use excel, the classes are open to all free of charge. The computer lab is used quite frequently during the food bank program by participants who can search for jobs, be updated on communications, create resumes and research about supports that are available to them.
Sobi Bike – E.R.I.
As a partner is Hamilton Bike Share’s Everybody Rides Initiative, Welcome Inn community members are able to access the program that provides free access to the Sobi bike structure in Hamilton. Participants with a low income are able fully participate in this eco-friendly transportation network. We have heard from participants that they are very helpful is getting to and from meetings, jobs, and picking up groceries to save on cab fare. Training and guidelines for the program are provided to each rider and they must check in with the community programs coordinator regarding their membership in the program. Limited spots available.
Throughout the year, we host pop-up hair salons at the centre for folks to enjoy a low to no cost hair cut… before that first day back to school, for a job interview, or just in time for Christmas. Volunteer hair stylists donate their time to give this gift to community members who would find the cost of a professional stylist to be a barrier. People feel good, look good and step out in the community to give their best.