Grub Club

Available to children ages 6-12 that are interested in learning to cook, garden and physical activity.  Once a week from May- September, children will learn and prepare health meals and snacks, explore physical activity and learn more about nutrition and health living. Children work in the garden plots located on site to plant, monitor and harvest organic vegetables that can be used to create recipes in the program. The goal is that children learn the skills to eat healthy, be mindful about where their food comes from and promote physical activity so they may active throughout their lives. 

For more information, or to register, contact: Andrew Sweetnam 905-523-6611 ext. 3006,

Children’s Breakfast Club

Open to children, parents and families every school day from 7:45am to 8:45am at Compass Community Health (438 Hughson St. N). This is a supervised space for children to spend time before school and a nutritious, hot breakfast is provided for children. Each day the program offers a different hot meal such as scrambled eggs, cheese toast, egg sandwiches, pizza bagels and yogurt, cereal and berries are offered everyday with milk and water. 

Assistance with homework is also available! 

For more information, or to register, contact: Jenna McHugh 905-523-6611 ext. 3007,

Seniors Community Kitchen

This program is for senior residents and clients who wish to learn about nutrition, increase skills and participate in an exciting luncheon to develop friendships and socialize. Senior’s Kitchen also offers special guests about topics that interest participants. The program takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 11:30am to 2:30pm at Compass Community Health (438 Hughson St. N) in the Community Kitchen.

For more information, or to register, contact: Andrew Sweetnam 905-523-6611 ext. 3006,

Good Food Box

A program in partnership with Environment Hamilton to bring fresh and affordable produce to you! Place your order before the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Compass Community Health (438 Hughson St. N) and pick up your box at Welcome Inn Community Centre (40 Wood St. E.) or Eva Rothwell Centre (460 Wentworth St. N.) on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. 

The box contains a variety of fruits and vegetables and the selection changes monthly and depends on what is in season and reasonably prized to ensure the produce is as fresh and affordable as possible. Good Food Boxes can not be customized. 

The cost is $15 for a large box or $10 for a small box. 

For more information, contact: Andrew Sweetnam 905-523-6611 ext. 3006,

Grow Well

Grow Well is a unique horticultural therapy program that combines organic greenhouse growing practices and Mental Wellness exercises. Participants grow organic produce, herbs and plants while learning mindfulness techniques through a series of fun, interactive experiences in Compass’ Community Greenhouse. Grow Well typically is offered throughout the spring and autumn seasons.

For more information, contact: Andrew Sweetnam 905-523-6611 ext. 3006,

Community Gardens

Clients are designated a plot to do their own organic gardening. This program is beneficial for physical activity, organic gardening, food access and social interaction. There are 3 different locations: 

  • Paradise Community Gardens -240 Burlington Street East (at Wellington Street)
  • Keith Community Gardens - 100 Burton Street (Corner of Douglas Street)
  • St David's Community Gardens- 474 Wentworth Street North 

Gardeners have access to the gardens throughout the growing season (May to October). There are special information and hands-on sessions offered throughout the season. The cost is $15 per plot. Tools, fertilizers and organic pest controls are provided along with some seedlings and seeds. 

For more information, contact: Andrew Sweetnam 905-523-6611 ext. 3006,

Rent Smart 

This is a program for individuals who want to learn more about developing tools to have a great relationship with their landlord. It is a course that can be delivered in 2 ways: One 3-hour session, or 6 one hour sessions. After completion of the course participants will receive a certificate of completion recognized by landlords that they can use as a reference for new rentals. The workshops are focused on the development of  skills to help you find a place to live, secure the unit, rights and responsibilities, maintaining and tenancy and ending one. 

For more information, contact Jenna McHugh 905-523-6611 ext. 3007, 

Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Support

Compass supports clients who are two-spirit and LGBTQ+ in a variety of ways, including:

  • AFFIRM – an eight-week cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) coping skills group for LGBTQ youth; separate groups for youth aged 14-18 and for youth aged 18-25.
  • Intergenerational Kitchen – In partnership with Speqtrum Hamilton, Compass hosts all-ages kitchen groups to allow opportunities for intergenerational learning. A wide range of participants from 15 to 75 years of age bring a diversity of perspectives and lived experiences
  • Trans-ID Clinics – Together with the AIDS Network and the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, Compass’ ID clinics support transgender and gender-diverse individuals in changing their legal name and/or gender marker. Lacking proper identification can be a barrier to accessing services, and the process is complex and often requires significant support in form completion and other advocacy.

For more information, contact Kyle Weitz 905-523-6611 ext. 2022,