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Apr29

20,000 Homes

Categories // From poverty to possibility

Housing the Homeless in Peel

20,000 Homes

On any given night in Canada, over 35,000 Canadians are homeless. Throughout the year, more than 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness at some point. How many people in Peel are homeless? We know that 14,520 people, including 3,985 children, used shelters in a single year. But we think there are more people out there, and we are going to find the real number.

All we know now is that many people don’t have a place to stay, and that we need more housing supports across Peel Region.

So Peel Region is taking part in the 20,000 Homes Campaign, a national struggle whose goal is to house 20,000 of the most vulnerable people in Canada by 2018. For the purposes of the campaign, ‘most vulnerable’ refers to people who are experiencing homelessness, have complex needs, and are at risk of death from homelessness.

Apr28

Celebrating Vaisakhi – what it means to me!

Written by // Baldev Mutta

Every Year, Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi). For me, Vaisakhi brings a renewed pledge to serve the marginalized and the underprivileged humanity. This is special because, for me, Sikhism represents the fight for justice and equality.

The essence of any religion is not in the rituals it produces but in the dispersion of hope, optimism, unity, acceptance, and compassion. All religions have these components built in them and it is up to us to bring this essence forward to serve others.

Apr15

Why Chuck volunteers

Written by // Chuck Hounsell

Why Chuck volunteers

Volunteering is a deeply personal decision. It is an opportunity to be your authentic self. There is no right or wrong answer.

I have been volunteering for the past 10-12 years with the United Way - first in London, and now in Peel. I have been engaged with other agencies as well. I chose the United Way for two reasons.

First. The issues and approach matter to me. United Way is about improving the lives of people in my community. That's important to me. I want to be making a difference in the lives of those around me. The approach United Way takes make sense to me.

Apr14

Together, we’re changing the world for youth in Peel!

Written by // United Way of Peel Region

United Way of Peel Region Congratulates Regional Council on Investment in Shelter for Youth

Together, we’re changing the world for youth in Peel!

Earlier today United Way of Peel Region made a presentation to Peel Regional Council in support of a staff recommendation to increase emergency shelter for youth by up to 30 beds in Brampton. The motion received large support and was officially approved.

Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region said to Regional Council. “I was both encouraged and deeply moved by the report before Council today. This interim solution means we will have 30 more youth shelter beds for vulnerable kids. These young people will have a safe, warm and supportive place to sleep and to begin the process of putting their lives back together. They will know they matter - this will save lives."

Apr12

Why Louise volunteers

Written by // Louise Mitchell

Why Louise volunteers

This week is National Volunteer Week and I was asked to reflect on why I volunteer. I am very fortunate. I have a wonderful family, good health and had a fulfilling career. I have felt loved and supported my whole life….I have never known hunger, felt isolated, feared for my safety or wanted for much. However it is not lost on me that in a flash, my life and circumstances could change and I would need help. So with my good fortune comes an obligation to give back.

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