Impact Stories

Kevin’s Story: Hunger in Waterloo Region

1 IN 20 HOUSEHOLDS  in Waterloo Region experience hunger. 1 in 3 food bank users are children under the age of 13. (Source: Community Food Assistance Network) Turning to a food bank for help can be a difficult choice made harder by the stigma attached to poverty. That’s why creating a safe and judgment-free environment is …

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Emily’s Story: Finishing High School

1 IN 5 YOUTH   in Waterloo Region won’t graduate from high school. High school graduation rates in Waterloo Region are approximately 4 points lower than the provincial average of 86%. (Source: Ontario Ministry of Education – 2016 Graduation Rates Across the Province). Emily started falling behind in school after issues at home led to her moving …

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Mike’s Story: Overcoming Addiction

1 IN 3 PEOPLE   lack a sense of belonging in Waterloo Region. (Source: 2018 Canadian Index of Wellbeing – A Profile of Wellbeing in Waterloo Region) Mike had been living on the street when he first started visiting a drop-in program funded by United Way. But he continued to participate even after he found housing. “This …

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