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HSH launches virtual Grocery Shopping Game

Home Suite Hope is pleased to share that it has developed a virtual Grocery Shopping Game for its Life Skills programs.

Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for its assistance in funding the game’s development.

Thanks also to interns Matthew Tunney & Kevin Jacob Stanly, who are completing the Honours Bachelors in Game Design at Sheridan College.

This talented duo designed a rapid prototype gamified Basic Life Skills to create a more interactive and inclusive curriculum for our single parents, and to inform the life skills opportunities through Sheridan’s Collaborative Life Skills Project. Both completed their Coop Education summer term with Home Suite Hope.

Matthew specializes in drawing and 3D modelling, and has experience using the Twine engine. Kevin is a passionate game designer and developer.

HSH Targeted Marketing Assistant Rachel Millar is spreading the word. Stay tuned for more details.

Did you know?

Did you know Home Suite Hope offers Life Skills programming?

HSH’s Sarah Gillen, once an HSH student intern, then community outreach worker, now program coordinator, oversees HSH’s Life Skills programs.

Under Sarah’s leadership, HSH has had increasing amounts of self-paced modules available to accommodate the pandemic and/or independent learners.

The self-paced Learning Management System (LMS) offers modules that cover important topics that range from professional and personal development, financial literacy, education, health and more.

These include modules that discuss issues such as credit cards and budgeting, how to apply to college, building confidence, email communication and online etiquette, and so much more!

Homeward Bound Halton Youth (HBHY) workshops (synchronous group workshops) have been offered bi-weekly featuring live facilitators like Stride, Halton Legal Clinic, financial advisors and have covered topics such as Knowing Your Rights as a Youth, Wise Money Management, Self- Advocacy and more.

Stabilizing First Halton (SFH) Life Skills workshops (synchronous group workshops) also featured live facilitators like Stride and topics such as Time Management.

The Community Outreach Worker was also doing one-on-one meetings, working with partnering agencies to gain referrals from primary caseworkers to further support individuals with varying levels of needs and knowledge/experience with life skills such as budgeting, money management, nutrition and healthy eating on a budget.

This summer, HSH developed the Grocery Shopping Virtual Game.

On another Life Skills front, Home Suite Hope celebrated a new partnership with CAA (SouthCentral Ontario) earlier this spring.

Throughout the month of May, which is Car Care Month for the CAA, HSH shared CAA’s May’s Car Care Month videos with our single-parent participants - and on our social media.

This month, CAA is facilitating a live life skills workshop for our single parents. We look forward to working with CAA and our single parents!

This year HSH has received support from the Halton Region Community Investment Fund (HRCIF) to do youth-informed financial literacy surveys for youths in HSH programs as well as those involved with Bridging the Gap and Halton Children’s Aid Society (CAS).



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