Complex challenges like job loss, illness, and the mounting cost of living prevent many individuals from building the life they hope for themselves. For many people across our community, poverty is a daily struggle. Often, the ongoing challenges to meet even the most basic necessities of life means making impossible trade-offs—like buying food or paying rent. Poverty touches almost every aspect of a person’s life, from food, shelter, and unemployment to mental and physical well-being.
Poverty doesn’t discriminate and affects many people in our community:
- 300 people (80 youth) in Guelph Wellington are homeless every night
- 1 in 10 Guelph Wellington households struggle to buy food or go hungry
- 1 in 4 Guelph Wellington households cope with unaffordable shelter/housing costs
- 1/2 of Canadians live payday to payday, and wages aren’t keeping up
Together, we can do something about this.
United Way is working with community partners in order to:
Provide shelter and keep people housed, to give people a safe place to sleep and a roof overhead
Offer one-time and ongoing emergency food supplies
Help people build possibility by connecting them to networks of services, so they can focus on their next steps