On Monday October 19, 2020 we were officially declared out of outbreak status by Hamilton Public Health. Over 90 people were tested onsite and no other cases were confirmed to be found of COVID-19. The staff have done an amazing job ensuring that there was no direct contact or transmission of the virus at the site.

We are continuing to use all personal protective equipment, complete regular screening and complete enhanced cleaning protocols at all program sites.

We are taking some time to review the essential visiting schedules and community activities, so please be patient while we prepare to move forward.   We are closely monitoring all messages from the province and from Hamilton Public Health authorities to determine our next steps as a multi service agency.  

Stay safe and wash on!

 For further information click here to contact Deanna Finch-Smith, Executive Director.

Happy Retirement, Guy!

Please join us in wishing Guy Paparella a fantastic retirement. Guy has been an integral part of the City of Hamilton for over 25 years.  He started at the former Town of Flamborough as a Senior Planner and continued to have a flourishing career with the City of Hamilton holding many notable positions including Director of Growth Planning and Chief of Staff to the Mayor.

Guy has given greatly to the City of Hamilton, but he has also given significantly to the community as well. Guy is the Founder of the Paparella Innovative Arts Center program.  A program that supports the autistic community by promoting expression through visual arts.

Guy’s parting wish is to bestow a much needed gift upon the Paparella Innovative Arts Center. In lieu of a retirement gift he has asked for a donation to the the Paparella Innovative Arts Center to ensure many in the community may continue to enjoy and thrive through the programs offered.   To make a donation, Click here!

We want to thank Guy for all he has done for the Hamilton community and the Salvation Army Lawson Ministries!  Thank you Guy, we cant wait to see what the future holds for you!

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Paparella Arts Center Is Changing The Way We Think About Art.

Paparella Arts Center Is Changing The Way We Think About Art.

Learn More about the Paparella Innovative Art Program

Covid 19 Update

ALL non essential programs and services are on hold until further notice.  These include the following

  • STRIVE – 533 Main St E is also closed
  • PIAC 333 King St E
  • Community Access to Transportation – 333 King St staff office to remain open
  • ALL Passport services

Our essential residential services will remain operational with strict precautionary measures taken to ensure the safety of our clients and our staff.  This will continue to be a top priority at all essential sites.

The Caledonia Thrift store has re opened and is accepting donations!  We continue to take precautions to keep our staff and customers safe.  A mask is mandatory for store entry.

We continue to work with our trainers to develop methods of continuing training in a safe manner.  Information regarding upcoming NVCI and First Aid classes will be available soon.

All team meetings, committee meetings, Christian Education  are available via ZOOM.   STRIVE is also offering online programs.  Contact Josh Dion-Broadley or Shannon Despond for more information.   

For information on Employment supports please contact Theresa Speers.

Employees who have traveled internationally will not be permitted to return to work until they have been symptom-free for 14 days following their return to the country. Please contact Maria Cipolla-Virly directly if you have been out of the country to make arrangements. 

The social media accounts for Lawson Ministries will remain active with updates.  Links can be found at the top of this page.

Essential visits are taking place safely in our outdoor visiting center.  Individuals receiving support from Lawson are able to complete activity requests to make sure any outing is in a safe environment.  These are on hold for the moment as of October 9, 2020.

We are continuing to monitor this situation with extreme caution.   We will continue to provide a clean and safe environment.  Our goal remains to keep everyone safe and healthy as possible.

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Residential Supports

The Salvation Army Lawson Ministries also provides supports to people living in their own apartments in Hamilton.


D.A.R.E. was started in the year 2007 with the goal of providing and enhancing literacy skills for adults with developmental disabilities.

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The Salvation Army Thrift Store is located in beautiful downtown Caledonia in the Zehr’s Plaza.

Strive Employment Services

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