COVID-19: Reopening Update from NISA

As of Tuesday, October 13, NISA will be open four days a week (every weekday day except Wednesday) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. for groups and scheduled appointments. One morning and one afternoon group will be held per day. Members can come to these groups in-person at NISA or by Zoom online.

NISA is admitting 17 people onsite at any given time (not including staff): 10 for groups, 4 for the Warm Hearts Warm Bodies program and 3 for the Northern Computer Recycling Depot. This is based on first-come first-served EXCEPT two spots per group are reserved for any members taking Handi-Transit/GOVA Plus. If you are booking a bus please give us a call in advance so we know to look out for your arrival!

On Wednesday’s we will offer virtual groups just through Zoom (accessible by internet or phone). One-to-one peer support and orientations for new members will continue to be available by appointment by calling us at 705-222-6472 or by booking it upstairs when we are open.

The groups schedule is posted each week in the NISA Facebook membership group or you can call us to get the access codes to Zoom.

Peer support over the phone will also continue to be offered every weekday between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (705-222-6472). The Regional Warm Line continues to operate every evening from 6 p.m. to midnight (1-866-856-9276).

Everyone who comes onto the NISA site will go through a screening process, is expected to participate to keep things safe and to respect necessary boundaries and distancing procedures. NISA will not be open for drop-in at this time.

Thank you, members, for all your support, guidance and understanding so far as we figure out some new and some familiar ways to connect!

Take a look at the programs and services available to you at NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action!


Wellness & Recovery

Good health comes to us in many ways. Join NISA members in our Food is Mood workshops, get your blood moving in physical activities, or participate in NISA’s Wellness & Recovery sessions.

Creative Expression

Your experiences are valuable. Share your life experience and your skills in The Writers’ Circle, The Artists’ Loft, or by quilting for the homeless in Warm Hearts/Warm Bodies.

Occupational & Vocational Skills

Build new skills and remember old ones at NISA by working on computer refurbishing or exploring your skills and goals in recovery-oriented groups.
Nobody knows the particular challenges of living with mental health challenges unless they have experienced it themselves. At NISA, be amongst your peers, sharing coffee or a listening ear.
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