Goderich and Area

Your Impact in Goderich & Area

Together we improve lives through support for basic needs, service connection, advocacy, research and cultivating innovative initiatives.

United Way Perth-Huron helps here in the community you care about. Thanks to United Way, its partners and donors, over 3,000 vulnerable people in Goderich & Area have the chance for a brighter future including…

  • 418 seniors accessed transportation
  • 339 people called 211 to connect with services
  • 285 people in crisis accessed financial assistance
  • 150 women escaping violence sheltered
  • 86 youth accessed recreation and sports
  • 23 youth accessed housing and supports
  • 19 children matched with mentors


Lack of Housing: A single bedroom rental is over $1,200/mo. 169 people are experiencing homelessness in Huron County.

 Low Income: 57% of people with incomes in Perth-Huron earn less than a living wage ($35,262 annually).

 Mental Health: By the time Canadians reach the age of 40, 1 in 2 have experienced a mental illness.

 Access to Services: Navigating the local social service network is challenging, especially for our most vulnerable.

 Intimate Partner Violence: In Huron County, the OPP received 617 calls related to intimate partner violence in 2021.

 Food Insecurity: 1,510 families in Huron County are food insecure. Food prices rose 7.4% in one year.


Holistic Approach

United Way is committed to cultivating innovative initiatives addressing root causes of local social issues. We research and advocate for a living wage, affordable housing and improved social assistance rates and services.

We also understand that long-term goals don’t solve the challenges of a person facing eviction next week, or the parent with empty cupboards and hungry children right now. To that end, we also fundraise and invest in programs to help ensure people get the immediate help they need.

Changing Local Lives

Thanks to United Way and a supported partner, Archie has the support he needs:

Archie needed a hand when he found himself in an out-of-area shelter due to gaps in the system. The shelter connected with the Huron Out of the Cold: Heart to Home team and arranged for Archie to return home.
Once he was back in his own community, Archie and the Heart to Home team worked on a housing plan and together, they were able to find suitable housing.
Now, thanks to United Way and a supported partner Archie is doing much better. The Heart to Home team continues supporting him and he looks forward to moving in to a place of his own.

The Leadership Project

Over the past year, youth have faced greater social isolation leading to mental health challenges including depression, anxiety and suicide. The Leadership Project is designed to improve youth mental health by reengaging them with the place they live through a wide variety of leadership development experiences. The goal is for participants to learn about themselves and each other, build leadership skills and share those skills with other youth, resulting in reduced social isolation and better mental health.

Community Renewal Company

The Community Renewal Company initial focus is developing and operating affordable rental supply, supportive housing options and innovation in social service access and delivery, including community hubs. The renewal company will also play a critical role in the community development ecosystem, supporting and building relationships between non-profit service providers and their supporters and advocates

Urgent Needs Fund

113 local residents accessed assistance

The Urgent Needs Fund is designed to support local residents in a time of crisis with funds for essentials such as rent, groceries, car repairs, medication and child care. United Way is also working for long-term change, lifting people beyond poverty while still ensuring their immediate, basic needs are met:


Sam and Kate’s daughter needed emergency treatment in London. At first, everything was okay. Kate’s employers both said she could return to work when her daughter felt better and Sam was sure they could get by, but it was tough living on one wage. The savings they scraped together disappeared quickly and Sam and Kate knew they would have to start making tough choices about paying the for utilities or buying healthy food. Then the family car broke down. Sam and Kate weren’t sure where to turn for help until they heard about the Urgent Needs Fund.

Increasing Access to Services: Lack of Housing in Goderich

Homelessness isn’t just about sleeping on the streets; it affects almost every aspect of life including family well-being, employment and physical and mental health and almost 80% of homelessness is either hidden or unreported. The Goderich and area community remains committed to addressing the #UNIGNORABLE issue of lack of housing.
United Way Perth-Huron supports the community’s efforts to address lack of housing through support of the Huron Homelessness Initiative, including programs providing shelter for women, children and youth as well as emergency shelter during the cold months of the year.

Meeting Needs

Housing Advocate icon Housing Advocate to find housing & provide ongoing support

Prevention Services icon  Prevention and support services for youth & women

Turning point for men icon  Three new beds for Huron Turning Point transition home for men

Emergency shelter icon Emergency shelter during cold months

90 Women and children provided with emergency shelter in Huron in 2019


Goderich and Area Community Committee

Beth Blowes (Chair) Danielle Bettridge Randy Carroll Serenity Cates
Tabitha Fisher Bernice Glenn Wendy Hutton Barbara Kane
David MacKechnie Gloria Workman    

–> United Way Perth-Huron Manager Community Development, Goderich & Area: Michelle Field



Supported Partners in Goderich & Area

BBBS Kincardine & District Connect Youth Perth-Huron Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre Huron County Homeless Strategy Huron County Health Unit P2P
Huron Safe Homes for Youth Huron Turning Point Huron Women’s Shelter iVolunteer John Howard Society
Living Wage Canada ONE CARE 211 YMCA of SWO  


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