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Launching Road2Hope Special Project 2014
By Arlee Cripps

When approached by Esther Pauls, Hamilton Marathon Race Coordinator in early January with the interest in having Lawson Ministries own Paparella Innovated Art Program create 2000+ medals for the 1K, 5K and 10K races this year, I thought, what a great opportunity to showcase the talent of our artists and capabilities of the many clients we support.

A Little Background On Our Involvement

I have participated in the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope event for a number of years prior to becoming an employee of Salvation Army Lawson Ministries. In 2012, I encouraged a group of dedicated staff to enter the race as a team, to raise money and awareness for our many programs, it was extremely successful! Last year, Lawson entered as a Community Partner, which allowed all staff, clients, and any members of the public to run in support of our organization. Each year, local charities have raised over $100,000 through the Road2Hope event.

I look forward to spending the next 21 weeks with everyone and I am excited to share our progress along the way. Please stay tune and follow our blog as we provide ongoing updates to the project, our accomplishments, thoughts and insights from our project team members, and any other excitement that happens along the way. (AC)



CAT Community Access to Transportation ___________________________________________

The Community Access to Transportation project is wrapping up. This city-funded program trained people who use developmental services in Hamilton to ride the bus independently. The first part of training was taught in a classroom. The second part of training was taught to each trainee on his or her own, with a trainer, on the bus.

For information about the project, please contact:

Michelle Martin

Project Coordinator

Email Michelle Martin for further details!! _____________________________________


The FUEL group will focus on developing and implementing activities and initiatives that enhance and/or create healthy organizational culture, with a focus on wellness and representing the needs of Lawson Ministries staff. To kick off our official launch FUEL will be hosting: Wellness Week at Lawson! ________________________________________

We are now selling calendars featuring the beautiful art of the participants of the Paparella innovative art program! Calendars are $10.00 and can be purchased at the autism centre or the Freeway Cafe!

Click here to read the full article in the July 9, 2014 Hamilton Spectator.

Please take a minute to watch this wonderful video on Hamiltons own Mcmaster University and their inclusive workforce at the David Braley Athletic Centre!


Please take a few minutes to watch this segment from on the benefits of using a service like and hiring inclusively!


STRIVE closure dates for 2013/2014!

July 1, 2014 (Canada Day)
Summer Shutdown July 28-August 8, 2014
September 1, 2014 (Labour Day)
Ocotber 13, 2014 (Thanksgiving)
Christmas Shutdown December 25-January 1, 2015

Thanks to all who came out to support us at the Paparella Innovative Arts Benefit! Thanks to everyone for your hard work!!


The Salvation Army
Lawson Ministries Hamilton
533 Main St E
Hamilton, Ontario



Phone: (905)527-6212
Fax: (905)527-1377