Youth, poverty/unemployment, medical, mental health and transportation. This is our focus.
Healthy people, strong communities
Growing poverty is a serious issue in our region, but there are many other challenges that put people in difficult situations. Across the Elgin and St. Thomas region, social infrastructure hasnt kept pace with changing demographics. Our research shows that St. Thomas is home to some of our most vulnerable residents, many of whom are isolated from vital social services. As well, unprecedented growth and higher proportions of newcomers and seniors in Elgin Region has led to service gaps.
With your support, we can empower individuals and promote well-being through a variety of community services, ensuring that people have access to opportunities, regardless of where they live in the city.
We enable vital social services that improve peoples lives, and we address county-wide issues, strengthening the communities that are most in need of support.
All that kids can be
Research shows that the years from the pre-natal phase to age six have the most important influence on a childs development. And yet, hundreds of thousands of children in our region are living in poverty. In many areas, young people, many of whom are newcomers, are vulnerable to lower levels of educational attainment and higher levels of unemployment.
By partnering with generous supporters like you, our goal is to put kids on the path to success. "Investing in their development from early childhood to young adulthood” means giving them the opportunities they need to thrive.
We improve access to family services, so that infants, children and youth can get a healthy start in life. We also tackle underlying barriers to the education, engagement and employment of young people.
From poverty to possibility
Our labour market has changed dramatically over the past few decades. The unemployment rate has remained stubbornly high and job quality has declined. Today, only a small percentage of workers have stable, secure jobs. This leaves many people precariously employed and unsure of their ability to provide even the most basic necessities for their household.
With your help, we can provide people living in poverty with the services and opportunities they need to realize a brighter future.
We improve access to critical social services that support people's basic needs: food, shelter and employment. We also go beyond treating the symptoms of poverty, by researching and addressing its underlying causes.