Your Impact in North Perth
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, vulnerable people in North Perth and area have the chance for a brighter future including…
- 384 people called 211 or visited 211ontario.ca to connect with services
- 156 people received counselling
- 47 people in crisis accessed financial support
- 20 children matched with mentors
- 15 individuals with mobility issues accessed transportation
- 11 youth received counselling
- 4 youth accessed housing and supports
#UNIGNORABLE Local Issues
Lack of Housing: A single bedroom rental is over $1,200/mo. 142 people are experiencing homelessness in Stratford, St. Marys and Perth County.
Low Income: About half of people with incomes in Perth-Huron earn less than a living wage ($37,674 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 Perth County,police received 564 calls related to intimate partner violence in 2022.
Food Insecurity: 1 in 6 Canadian children live in a food insecure household. Food prices rose 7.4% in one year.
United Way is committed to cultivating innovative initiatives addressing root causes of local social issues, including co-founding HOPE Links in Listowel. 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.
Supporting Local Youth, Adults and Seniors
Mental health and well-being are critical and the North Perth community has demonstrated a commitment to United Way supported programs and services that help improve the mental health of local people in their time of need.
The Youth Counselling, Supports and Mentoring program provides early intervention service for youth and their families, aiming to reduce demand for more serious interventions by improving coping skills and general well-being.
United Way is also committed to funding counselling programs for other individuals and their families to help ensure vulnerable people get the support they need to face life’s challenges.
People like Ophelia…
Ophelia survived a childhood filled with abuse at the hands of her father and stepfather.
She struggled with her mental health on a daily basis and was desperate to better understand the grief and trauma that haunted her.
Ophelia had trouble getting close to people and the relationships she did develop often mirrored the complicated one she had with her mother. Feeling increasingly desperate and isolated from the people around her, she reached out for help.
Now, Ophelia is doing better. Thanks to counselling from a United Way supported partner, she began working through her challenges, learning to trust herself and feel more secure. She knows her healing journey isn’t over yet, but sees a positive change in her life and feels hopeful for the future.
And people like Ian…
Ian was forced into being a caregiver despite not even being a teenager. He looked after himself and his siblings when their parents’ alcoholism caused the family to miss meals and neglect bedtime routines.
When he was old enough Ian found another place to live, but his past still affected him. As a result, he struggled with relationships, found little joy in life, and felt deep anger and resentment.
Through working with a counsellor, Ian started making connections between his past experiences and his current decisions and behaviour. He started facing his lost childhood and found healthy ways to cope.
Now, Ian is more prepared to enter adulthood, with a stronger sense of how to set boundaries and navigate conflicts.
Urgent Needs Fund
47 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 if something like this were to happen:
“All my life I’ve dealt with chronic illness and it finally got so bad my doctor told me I needed to stop my job and try to get healthy again.
“My husband kept working, but it’s tough on our family coping with the pandemic and having only one income. Our budget got tighter each month and our savings quickly disappeared. Then our daughter got sick and needed medication that wasn’t covered by my husband’s employer. With bills coming due, we didn’t know where to turn.
“Luckily, I found out about United Way’s Urgent Needs Fund. I applied and we got enough money to cover the pharmacy bill.”
Community Renewal Company
United Way Perth-Huron’s Community Renewal Company is the region’s first entrepreneurial not-for-profit affordable housing provider. The Community Renewal Company will build and operate housing for people experiencing homelessness, people of low income and people able to pay market rates, creating sustainable developments where residents of all backgrounds live together.
North Perth Community Committee
–>United Way Perth-Huron Manager Community Development, North Perth: Todd Kasenberg
Changing Local Lives
Thanks to United Way and a supported partner, Emily found a mentor to improve her mental health and well-being, and her mentor Ava’s life was enriched getting to know Emily:
“I have always thought about being a youth mentor but I never felt I had the time to commit between school and work. I have now been involved for almost a year and I could not be happier.
“Before being matched up, I saw Emily at events and the two of us connected right away with common interests and started to form a bond. I knew from that moment that I wanted to give my time and become a mentor to Emily.
“When we got matched up, Emily would hardly say anything on our visits without me having to ask questions. Now, as we continue to grow together and build trust with each other, she has started opening up more and more every week. Recently, Emily also started to plan our visits with her choice of activity without having to be asked. We have done lots of crafts, made dinner, baked, gone swimming, attended events and so much more.
“In our short time together, Emily has not only become a part of my life but she has gotten to know my family as well and has become part of our family story.
“Overall, being a mentor is the most rewarding experience, with many laughs and smiles along the way. I feel as though I can make a big difference in a young person’s life and ignite the power and potential within them.”
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel & District
|Community Outreach Services
|Connect Youth Perth-Huron
|Emily Murphy Centre
|Family Services Perth-Huron
|Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre
|Huron Women’s Shelter
|John Howard Society
|Living Wage Canada
|Urgent Needs Fund
|YMCA of Three Rivers