Issues

One Big Question: Homelessness and Shelter in Waterloo Region

Homelessness and Shelter in Waterloo Region Today’s guest blogger is Brian Kamm. In his role as Specialist, Community Investment at United Way Waterloo Region Communities, Brian hears from Partner Agencies and other community stakeholders about the realities of poverty in Waterloo Region.  “It’s easy to take sides and point fingers at who is responsible or …

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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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