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Articles tagged with: Poverty

Apr07

Ask The Expert: How are health and poverty related?

Written by // Kwame McKenzie

Ask The Expert: How are health and poverty related?

1. Is there a connection between income and our health?

There’s a strong link between income and health. But, it’s not just about the amount of money you make and what you can buy, it’s what your whole life is like as a result, including where you live, work and the food that you eat. These factors—the social determinants of health—influence the health of individuals and even entire populations, putting vulnerable people at a higher risk of having poor physical and mental health and decreasing their life expectancy.

 

Feb16

Meet Chuck

Categories // From poverty to possibility

#LongestNightPeel

Meet Chuck

Meet Chuck.

I'm already uncomfortable just thinking about spending the night in my car. On Friday night when I sleep in my truck I'll be relatively comfortable - compared to other people in our community. This point became incredibly clear to me a couple weeks ago.
 
I was walking home very late and noticed a car parked on our road. It was an older Toyota, and as I approached I noticed it was full of clothes and other personal effects. They filled the backseat past the bottom of the windows. As I walked by I noticed I couldn't see the passenger seat headrest. Seeing movement in the vehicle, I realized someone was in the car, on the passenger seat, underneath all those belongings, and trying to get a good night sleep. On my street. Just doors away from my house. A clear reminder of just how close to home poverty can be.
 
I’ve been a supporter of United Way for a long time. This was just another reminder of the important role the organization plays in our community.

 

Feb13

Meet Gary

Categories // From poverty to possibility

#LongestNightPeel

Meet Gary

Meet Gary.

I’ve supported United Way for many years. However, I avoided signing up for the #LongestNightPeel fundraiser last year because I’ve have pneumonia twice. After a family vacation where I met many people that are homeless I realized this was just an excuse. People in crisis don’t have a choice – regardless of their health history. I am fortunate to have a warm home. That is when I decided to commit to #LongestNightPeel.
 
I expect that I will be cold and lonely on February 17. I have always said I can fall asleep quickly anywhere, but I doubt I’ll get much sleep.  
 
I have several friends who have used United Way funded programs. I am glad those services were there for them when they needed help – even when I didn’t know they needed it. I am glad that United Way of Peel Region is the charity of choice for my employer, The City of Mississauga.
 
United Way provides a safety net to the people in my community. I want to continue to help it expand. Donating to United Way is efficient for me – they know where to invest to make the biggest impact. I hope that by working together our community will be able to win the fight against poverty.

 

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.

 

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