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Jamesville 2 at 309 James St N is the site of our hot meal dining room and Bearinger Place Residential Program.  Formerly a tavern, the Jamesville 2 has been transformed into a refuge, a safe place for men to eat and receive fellowship, counseling and self-care.


Bearinger Place Residential Program

Bearinger Place Residential Program is a long term (1 year less a day) Residential Recovery Program. The program is geared to individuals who have completed an addiction program but require further support before transitioning back into the community. 

Each client goes through an assessment process during intake that helps determine the direction and design of their individual program. Clients can also access day or evening core programming at our out-patient location if deemed necessary during the intake process.

Our objective is to provide a safe, stable, structured, holistic environment for individuals seeking a lifestyle change that is substance free.  Prescription medications are accepted as long as they are being taken as prescribed.


Program Content

The Bearinger Place Residential Program is divided into 4 modules. The curriculum uses evidence-based recovery treatment approaches:

  • Cognitive behavioural principles
  • Recreational activities
  • Life skills development
  • Spiritual awareness counseling
  • Relapse prevention
  • Intensive group sessions with peer interactions
  • Case management

The 4 modules focus on:

Module 1 - Stability, Structure and Relapse Prevention
Module 2 - Fundamental Interpersonal Life Skills & Aftercare
Module 3 - Advanced Life Skills
Module 4 - Healthy Transitions into the Community

Each Module is based on Life Skill lessons that support our clients' ongoing recovery. There is a chaplain available on site for clients who are working through spiritual questions in their recovery.



Bearinger Place is located in our Jamesville Opportunity Centre (309 James St N in Hamilton). It is a 19 bed facility (17 single and 1 double occupancy unit) with a common area, classrooms and meeting rooms. The Jamesville Opportunity Centre is adjacent to the Men's Emergency Shelter and shares a full-compliment of resources, support services and staff, 24 hours a day.


Eligibility Criteria

Adult men 19 years of age or older who have completed a recognized addiction program within the past year. Individuals must be motivated and committed to focusing on their recovery goals.



Referral applications to Bearinger Place can be made by community partners, social service agencies, treatment centres, withdrawal management centres, and physicians. Self referrals are also welcomed.



There is a regular monthly program fee that applies. Individuals who are eligible for Ontario Works, O.D.S.P., unemployment insurance, or who have regular financial income, may qualify.













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I’ve been doing this for 16 years, and I’m finally sick of it. I want it to end.”
Nathan is a 31-year-old father. He lost custody of his son after living with an addiction that slowly tore his family apart. After he kept 'messing up', Nathan’s wife left him and moved to Hamilton with their son. Nathan followed; but so did his addiction.

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