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Feb10

Meet Jeff

Categories // From poverty to possibility

#LongestNightPeel

Meet Jeff

Meet Jeff.

I was looking for a way to get involved in my community and a colleague connected me with United Way of Peel Region. When I talked to a member of the staff, I realized this was the perfect way for me to get involved. I love that United Way of Peel Region is building a collaboration model amongst various agencies that help people because that is very similar to the way we do business at RBC.

Giving back is one of my core values. I am proud to work at RBC, a company that is committed to making a real difference in the lives of Canadians. Behind financial support, I also volunteer both as a member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet and as a coach for my daughters softball team.

I decided to participate in #LongestNightPeel to gain a better understanding of what homelessness looks like in Brampton. My two daughters, aged 9 and 8, are very community minded. I want to foster that interest. They’re very excited to join me on February 17. Even if they aren’t able to spend the entire night in our car, it will give them a better understanding of the challenges facing other children their age and why it is so important to give back.

If we can make people aware of the opportunities and challenges in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga I believe we can make Peel a better community for everyone. I truly believe people want to help, but everyone gets so busy. Opportunities like #LongestNightPeel are a great way to slow down and realize how lucky we are and how great it feels to help people get back on their feet.

 

Feb07

Meet Loretta

Categories // From poverty to possibility

#LongestNightPeel

Meet Loretta

Meet Loretta.

People are left homeless for many reasons; loss of job, illness, and sometimes teenagers are being kicked out of their home because of their sexual orientation or because of a disagreement with family members. These kids can’t rent somewhere because of their lack of credit. People deserve better than this.

I’m participating in #LongestNightPeel this year to draw attention to youth homelessness. There are two youth shelters in Peel – one just opened this year and it is already running at full capacity.

I’m not sure if sleeping in my car on February 17 will be any colder than it was when I slept in the Andes. It was so cold my tent had ice. But that was my choice. Not everyone in Peel is as fortunate as I am. Nobody should have to spend the night on the streets. Everyone deserves a warm, safe place to sleep – especially our children.

 

Feb06

Meet Chief Evans

Categories // From poverty to possibility

#LongestNightPeel

Meet Chief Evans

Meet Chief Evans.
 

As Chief of Police I have seen first-hand the positive impact that United Way has on individuals in our community who need assistance and financial support.  

Poverty is a big thread that runs through many social and health issues in our neighbourhoods. Poverty is a complex issue which requires a multi-faceted response.

I have been involved with the United Way throughout my entire career.  Peel Regional Police have had a longstanding supportive relationship with United Way because as police officers we see first hand the impact that homelessness and poverty have on so many people in our community. United Way supports many worthwhile agencies within our community who assist people and change lives.

Everyone in our community deserves the opportunity to thrive.

Feb02

Meet Samra

Categories // From poverty to possibility

#LongestNightPeel

Meet Samra

Meet Samra.
 
It wasn’t that long ago that I found myself homeless, broke and struggling to build a life of respect for myself and my two daughters. After escaping an abusive marriage, I know what it feels like to have nothing.
 
When I was facing tough times I was able to benefit from programs supported by United Way including women’s shelters and counselling for women escaping violence and abuse.
 
I am fortunate in that I am now in a position to help others. I believe that we can all make a difference and when we work together we can create change. A small action on our part can have a life-changing impact on someone else's life. I have been the recipient of many such actions, and now I see that impact my actions make on other people's lives. Paying it forward and helping each other is our biggest strength. If we support and empower each other, and reach out to those who have less than we do, we can all create a much better, happier, safer community.

Jan23

The Longest Night: put yourself in their shoes

Written by // Roy Saad Categories // From poverty to possibility

The Longest Night: put yourself in their shoes

My alarm went off at 6:21 a.m. – just the same as every other morning – except this morning I woke up to a very cold room. I checked the thermostat and discovered that our house was 15 degrees. Feeling cranky, I investigated and found out that at some time during the night our furnace had stopped working.

Yes, it was inconvenient. Yes, it was cold. Yes, we were upset. And yes, we are still fortunate. We called in a technician and were back up and running by the evening.

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