Our Programs


doing

The Robert Veltheer Lecture Series on Mental Illness offers free lectures to the public. Our other programs are free and open to those in our community who have a mental illness and also the families who support loved ones with a mental illness. For programming information please contact robert@home-on-the-hill.ca

 

Current Programming:

 

Robert Veltheer Lecture Series on Mental Illness:

 

This is our signature program named for our late founder, Robert Veltheer. In this series, psychiatrists and other well regarded mental health professionals give lectures on mental illness. Subjects which have been covered are diet and exercise, anxiety and depression, schizophrenia, psychotic illness, bi-polar disorder, the relationship between marijuana use and psychosis, and lived experience. Home on the Hill is very grateful for these wonderful speakers who have given freely of their time and expertise! Please see information under Robert Veltheer Series or upcoming events. For further information contact robert@home-on-the-hill.ca

 

Art Therapy: 

Our art psychotherapy program is offered by a registered psychotherapist (RP, CRPO) and art therapist (CATA, ACAT).

Art therapy is widely employed in various settings including retirement homes and long-term care facilities to help people cope with and address both mental and physical challenges.

Art therapy helps clients who suffer from mental health challenges like depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts, express their thoughts and feelings in a safe and non-judgmental space.

 We offer art therapy services in one-on-one, as well as semi-private or group settings.   To maximize the therapeutic benefit of our services, we strongly recommend that each client participate in at least eight sessions (ideally, once or twice per week).

 

Art Expression through Painting:  Unlike Art Therapy, this is not a therapy class. Participants are encouraged to express themselves freely through painting.  The weekly session is run by a local artist who engages and inspires us to express ourselves through painting.  Materials are supplied and the coffee is on us.  This event happens at Cover Notes in Richmond Hill.

 

Music Jamming: The music session helps participants improve their health in several domains, such as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life by expressing their creativity through music.  

 

Free Community Lunch : This program believes in a “healthy mind, healthy body” approach.  It focuses on communication, cooperation, mindfulness, creativity and appreciation. Working together in the kitchen provides our volunteers with a sense of initiative and belonging.  Preparing, and serving these healthy lunches fosters integration, and builds self esteem. Lunch is served at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Richmond Hill at noon every Friday. All members of the public are very welcome.

 

Yoga Class:  In this class, clients will participate in a one hour yoga session that focuses on enhancing your mood, relieving stress and improving memory, all while boosting overall fitness. Limited space is available. Case managers welcome.  Please contact Maggie@rveltheer.com. 

 

Family Support Group and Respite: During this two hour duration, caregivers have the opportunity to express and discuss their feelings in a safe and confidential space. They leave with a sense of relief and knowing that they are continuously supported by others with similar experiences. This group meets on alternate Wednesdays at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Richmond Hill at 7 pm. Families also take part in Home on the Hill funded respite activities like enjoying a restaurant dinner or lunch together.  These events are popular and always looked forward to. In addition, Home on the Hill invites speakers to talk on issues of interest to caregivers. Recently, we benefited from the presentation of a local lawyer regarding wills and estate planning. These events are scheduled on an occasional basis.  Please contact Maggie@rveltheer.com for information. 

 

 Supportive Housing:

Home on the Hill acquired its first housing unit at the Community Hub at 10415 Yonge Street in Richmond Hill on November 1, 2016. A tenant was selected for this unit and is currently receiving support services from Home on the Hill.  Our organization has recently been approved to receive a one bedroom housing unit from Richmond Hill Ecumenical Homes.

 

Who funds Home on the Hill:

 

Home on the Hill is a volunteer driven organization whose volunteers contributed an average of 4,000 hours per year. On October 28th of 2017, we had our first gala fundraiser which was very successful. We were very honored that this event was attended by both our federal and provincial representatives and two local councilors.  We are also the proud recipients of funding from the Mayor’s Golf Tournament, Councillor Karen Cilevitz’s Skating Party, the Town of Richmond Hill, St. Mathews United Church, Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, St. Mary’s Anglican Church and Private Donations. Please see the Donor Recognition page for more information. 

 

Home on the Hill expresses profound thanks and gratitude to the Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club for sponsoring  the fundraiser “Lawn Bowling with a Goal”  which will be held at the Lawn Bowling Club on Sunday, July 7th (rain date July 14th).  Stay tuned for up coming notices about this event. Donations to silent auction accepted at robert@home-on-the-hill.ca