United Way Halton & Hamilton funds 52 community service organizations through Community Services Recovery Fund
United Way Halton & Hamilton, is proud to have worked with United Way Centraide Canada as part of the Community Services Recovery Fund. This fund is a collaboration between the Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada to provide funding to Community Service Organizations, including non-profit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies, and Registered Charities located in Canada. The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what Community Service Organizations need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.
The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million to help Community Service Organizations (charities, non-profits, Indigenous governing bodies) adapt, modernize, and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of the community services that they are providing through the pandemic recovery and beyond.
The following projects are being supported in Halton & Hamilton.
The Impact: Through this project we will develop assessment services that are accessible for virtual educational pathway planning. We will redesign our current online assessment tools to a fully accessible format using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.
The Impact: Our project will provide funds for equipment to both support the continued adaptation of our senior meal programs as impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as for equipment for both physical space and IT infrastructure to ensure adaptability in the face of changing work conditions. Funds provided will allow our organization to modernize equipment to ensure resilient service delivery.
The Impact:“Back to the Future” is a strengthened program model that ensures vital post-pandemic support for our most vulnerable young people. Immersed with our Arts-based programs, BTTF will include educational Workshops showing our young people a world full of career opportunities guiding them to pathways beyond poverty.
Each learning experience will also enhance the personal and leadership development of Team ArtHouse.
The Impact: With funding support from the Community Services Recovery Fund, our organization will strengthen our internal capacity through the implementation of a revised program and service model, contributing to the resiliency and sustainability of our program operations and making us better equipped to overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt to the changing needs of our community.
The Impact: CCAH Day Camp capitalizes on partnerships and consolidates individual summer programing to build an independent day camp program for marginalized and racialized families. It provides opportunity for financially precarious families to send 40 children to CCDH Day camp to learn skills from instructors which are Black & Indigenous and learning about both Black and Indigenous history as a point of reflection.
The Impact: The Caring for Caregivers Program will develop and offer workshops and support groups for internal staff as well as informal caregivers in the community who provide support to those living with mental health and/or substance use challenges. This project will improve participants’ mental health and wellness and help them develop coping strategies for the impacts of their caregiving role(s).
The Impact:CMHA Hamilton proposes to implement a Stepped Care model to modernize service design for the most impact. This proposed adaptation will expand access to the right care at the right time within a framework that recognizes and responds to the diversity in experience, needs and preferences of equity-deserving groups with mental health and substance use health concerns in Hamilton.
The Impact:This project will support low-income parents/caregivers of diverse learners in Hamilton navigate the special education system within school boards and obtain support so their children can recover and thrive in a post-pandemic world. We will adapt our current service to add more highly skilled systems navigators who will work directly with community partners to provide in-person support in under-served communities.
The Impact: The project will bring in consultants to improve our website and online fundraising capabilities, develop new fundraising sources and improve the efficiency of handling in-kind donations.
We will adapt as we diversify our funding sources by adding foundations, corporations and on-line donors, improve the response rate to donors, and make the distribution of donated items more efficient.
The Impact: The project will enable people who are hard of hearing to participate fully in the worship services and community engagement and service activities taking place in Christ’s Church Cathedral. It will support equity and inclusion within both the congregation and the challenged Jamesville neighbourhood, particularly among the elderly and unhoused.
The Impact:This project will hire an individual to actively engage clients and continuously improve our programming and services to meet emerging client needs. We aim to integrate our programs and services with our primary care department using a social prescribing model for maximum impact.
The Impact: The project will continue to re-envision food production to assist with food insecurity issues, exacerbated over the past year and rapidly getting worse, by enhancing the programs already well underway. From our low-sodium soups and meals for seniors to harvesting food, fowl, and fish for donations back to the community, we are growing to feed whom we can.
The Impact: DTBY will onboard an equity and inclusion consultant to evaluate DTBY’s program curriculum and lead the development of a new series of programs designed to engage youth in conversations around racism and allyship. This will support DTBY’s efforts to modernize and adapt to community needs by ensuring our programs our inclusive and representative of the communities we serve.
The Impact: The purpose is to ensure DCH can efficiently and effectively grow to serve the expanding client numbers due to the long-term negative impact of COVID and the increasing mental health pandemic we currently support in our community. Modernized technology is crucial as we evolve and embrace a new world of managing and engaging volunteers through our evolving hybrid work model.
The Impact: The Youth Resiliency Pilot Program will enable a full-time youth resiliency specialist to respond to post-pandemic challenges for youth in the Centre and throughout Dundas. The specialist will offer new workshops, community support/referrals, and mentorship, thereby adapting our approach to meet an increase in the numbers of youth accessing the Centre and in the complexity of needs youth are experiencing.
The Impact: This project will extend our reach and allow us to provide children with age appropriate nutritious food containing staples like produce and dairy and purchase nutrition and hygiene items in bulk. This will allow us to adapt our services to meet the expanding need of families struggling with the cost of nutritious food and hygiene essentials vital for developing children.
The Impact: Through focus groups and interviews with Family Councils and LTC staff, this project will investigate Covid’s impacts on the Building Bridges and adapt activities to meet current needs. The strategic analyses and findings will enable FCO to develop indicators & evolve program activities thereby ensuring programming meets the needs of participants within the current COVID context.
The Impact: The purpose of this project is to maintain business continuity assisting the residents of the communities we serve with their employment goals. With the proposed investment in equipment Centre for Skills Development can ensure that staff have the resources required that allow them to serve clients efficiently and remain productive in their roles whether they are working on-site or remotely.
The Impact: We will test and measure our ability to deepen our impact through select food programs in community by marrying the enhancement of food support with social supports to move households along the food security experience scale (FIES) from severe to secure. Using the FIES scale gives an objective model that will modernize our service delivery approach to create deep impact.
The Impact: Supported by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, case managers, peer support/harm reduction workers, the clinic brings low barrier healthcare directly to marginalized people. The clinic is an innovative response to a shifting social landscape and to the health and human services needs of marginalized people struggling with the impacts of a pandemic, persistent poverty, opioid crisis and homelessness.
The Impact: The project will allow us to introduce inexpensive, high-quality, flexible, current-generation audio and lighting equipment for our drama education programs.. This equipment will allow us to expand our program delivery capacities and employ durable, portable technologies that will enhance the capabilities available to our students, and expand and amplify their voices as they develop dramatic presentations, scripts and stories.
The Impact: Despite the efforts to tackle rising costs of housing, food, and basic needs; agencies like Home Suite Hope were forced to adapt programs to reflect the increased needs of beneficiaries at remarkable rates (Truell, 2020). Financial recovery is critical; Home Suite Hope works diligently to offer programs that support Halton lone-parent households through these financial setbacks in the post-pandemic era.
The Impact:The project will provide the tools, equipment and required for staff to effectively provide programs and services in a hybrid work environment.
This will be accomplished by upgrading our existing phone system to be compatible with cell phone, improved IT security and back up systems and through the enhancement and expansion of outdoor space for programming and service provision.
The Impact: The Serve Our City Refresh project will facilitate creation and implementation of infrastructure to adapt to the increased need for meal support identified in our community. The project will improve meal quality while increasing quantity, provide access to non-food essentials, build a community garden plot, train and retrain team members for food safety practices and replace broken food preparation equipment.
The Impact:The process will enable our organization to continue to lead service providers to identify vacancies/capacity on a daily basis, to empower clients to capitalize on available capacity in the health system. This project will enhance the Central Registry (Central Intake for Community health providers) function and processes by digitizing a manual process.
The Impact: Purchase and install a generator that will allow us as part of the Oakville Ready partnership to provide a safe meeting space in emergencies for people to stay warm, get information, charge their phones, gather, and have refreshments.
The Impact:Enhance organizational structure to best serve nutritious meals and wellness checks to vulnerable low income members of our community facing a variety of challenges including poor mental health, addictions, and abuse. OMoW’s project will facilitate creation of program structure and operational protocols of a fully subsidized meal program, ensuring accessibility to those requiring support, ensuring organizational and funder accountability.
The Impact: The IDEAs initiative will create a pipeline to elevate the engagement and collective problem-solving of equity seeking groups like newcomers, refugees, indigenous people, persons living with disabilities to develop and implement freely available relevant training sessions for other nonprofit organizations in person and digitally graduating families from recipients to determinants of solutions and give platform to their perspectives.
The Impact: The collaborative Food Hub model(solution) will enable us to develop greater expertise, increase capacity and reduce duplication of efforts and costs. By aligning and coordinating efforts we will be better equipped to provide for food-insecure individuals in our communities and we can expand our impact by leveraging the increased capacity to support other food security programs in the region.
The Impact:This project will use technology to make it easier for people to connect with us and broaden our reach for people we can serve. We will invest in technology that will make it possible for people to stay connected to our organization and provide opportunities for training and education in technology.
The Impact: This project will help introduce new technology and equipment in our youth programming. This will make our activities more accessible and engaging for youth who may not be able to join in person either because of sickness (COVID or other) or due to other limitations they may be experiencing such as the cost of transportation.
The Impact:Build community trust and confidence through effective conversations. The pandemic has left a disconnect with the community, We believe good engagement has the ability to positively impact the way people live with informed safe and healthy relationships and gender based violence.
The Impact:The funds will be used to purchase a new projector and to update our sound system. As a result of Covid we shifted how we deliver programs and our members are still asking for hybrid programming, these investments will help us modernize our equipment to meet the demands.
The Impact: Shifra Homes operates maternity homes/shelters that provide housing, emotional support, resources, and programs to young, homeless, pregnant women and mothers who have histories of addictions, homelessness, human trafficking, inequity, and mental health. The funding will enable us to expand our operational capabilities, support extra staff, provide extra beds, meet the growing need for therapeutic services, food, support, and safe transitions.
The Impact: This project will work with persons living on a low income to provide the support they need to sign up for and use a My CRAaccount. This project will support our organization to adapt and expand our services to fill a much needed gap for persons inthe community by supporting self determination and poverty reduction.
The Impact: This Community & Employment E-learning Platform will offer accessible skills development opportunities to support community members in their pursuit of employment/volunteer positions within community organizations as peer support workers and within community leadership position for peers as lived experience co-design advisors. This E-learning platform will enable Support House to modernize our training and skills development stream of community program offerings.
The Impact: Stride will hire a Virtual Services Specialist; virtual service delivery allows broader reach to clients and ability to serve more diverse members of community. Given current pandemic environment, majority supports offered by agencies are virtual; Virtual Services Specialist will assist job seekers with mental health/addiction challenges in pursuit of employment, develop/deliver virtual workshops, oversee Stride’s virtual presence on Social Media.
The Impact: We will develop trauma-informed organizational policies and procedures to respond to the harms experienced by people who have been incarcerated during COVID and their families. Previously our programs did not have a trauma-informed lens. Trauma affects all aspects of life. Using a holistic approach, our aim is to support recovery and build resilience for our staff, volunteers and clients.
The Impact: This project will transform client services in our homelessness-serving programs from reactionary to pragmatic through education, empowerment and practical resources that can be used across a range of services including emergency shelter, outreach, and housing supports. Through the formalization of a Harm Reduction Program, the team will gain access to regular trauma-informed harm-reduction training focused on the vulnerable populations served.
The Impact:This program aims to improve access to veterinary care for underserved communities by offering affordable services. This program removes physical, cultural and economic barriers by offering wellness clinics in the community. The program also offers unique collaborations/partnerships, mentorship opportunities for veterinary students to learn shelter medicine, volunteerism, promotes and supports healthy pets and people in our community and reduces inequalities.
The Impact: Two new staff members will develop new strategies and adaptations to programs in order to maintain the present levels of service delivery and to prepare for anticipated increases in demand, This project will provide essential information to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the food bank and seniors programs, and tools to facilitate increases in fundraising and grant revenue.
The Impact: Living Rock, Youth Resources will support youth who may have marginal incomes, are vulnerably housed, at risk of becoming chronically homeless, are chronically homeless, or are using emergency shelters. Youth Resources will provide youth with low barrier access to food, groceries, clothing, showers, laundry access, WIFI, phones, staff support and referrals as well as recreational opportunities that foster social inclusion.
The Impact: This project seeks to assist our community get over the negative impact of Short and Long Covid through concerted effort to
a. Increase awareness of the ongoing impact by organizing seminars and conferences to educate people
b. Increase awareness of available, proven and medically certified and recommended remedies
c. Assist those who may be in danger of or have actually lost their sources of income with repositioning to maximizevalue from alternative sources of income, either through new employments or starting up sustainable own initiativesd.
d. Assist the vulnerable and the financially negatively impacted with food assistance.
e. Increase our current capacity to cater to all above by
i. Increasing the frequency of our seminars to quarterly (from current annually) and engaging externally (within Canada)sourced government accredited professionals to deliver the seminars and lead the workshops
ii. Purchase an industrial freezer (with capacity up to 3600lbs or 564 ft³) that will enable us store a lot more frozen foodsand hence provide more food assistance to the needy in the community
iii. Increase our funding for the provisioning of food items to our Food bank, this is to increase our capacity from currentthree times per week for few hours per day to 5 days a week and opened for up to 4 hours a day. This is made more pertinentsince prior donor organizations effectively stopped donations to us due to significantly increased pressures they are alsounder.
iv. Engage additional volunteers to man the Foodbank due to the increased opening hours
The Impact: Artfull Enrichment therapy provides older adult communities with access to high-quality art programs that are uniquely designed to empower participants, provide a vehicle for self-expression, help to combat social isolation and enhance the community’s overall creative culture. The programs are all accessible through an online portal, are barrier free and support a variety of skill levels including memory care.
The Impact: The digital literacy program will consist of a 6-week workshop series that aims to educate women on digital literacy and will provide participants with laptops/tablets (which will then be used in our technology lending library) to use for hands-on activities during the workshops which aim to expand their skill set for everyday technology use.
The Impact: To expand and enhance our Indigenous Youth Project. This projects supports Theatre Aquarius’ goal to be more community minded and community focused post-pandemic. It also supports our goal of connecting our professional productions with our education and outreach initiatives.
The Impact: As a consequence of the pandemic, we have noticed that program participants are struggling more and more with confidence issues, anxiety, and stress, and hiring an occupational therapist will help us adapt to this new reality.
The Impact: The online portal manager will help over 500 people a year in Hamilton get the support they need to manage acute addiction and mental health issues as they wait for a bed in our residential treatment clinic. The portal will modernize our operations, and adapt our programs to a post-pandemic environment by providing out-patient support (remote support?) and assistance.
The Impact: Together with the community, the Program Integration Team will reassess measurable outcomes and redesign the Success Equations for all programs, explore ways to better integrate our community supports, advance potential partnerships with other organizations, and develop a 10-year (post-pandemic) strategic plan. Better integrating our programs will improve efficiency, reduce silos, and improve wrap-around services for those marginalized or experiencing poverty.
The Impact:Community Food Security Programs will provide much needed free and accessible food support for those with:
-physical/mental health challenges
Post Covid the need increased and we strive to provide nutritious, ready/prepared meals and other food basics to those whoare not able to prepare their own food for themselves and their families.
The Impact: Regularly scheduled workshops, led by Solidarity Place Worker Education Centre staff and volunteers, in which participants will have the opportunity to be educated on their rights in the workplace. Implementation of programming will allow our organization to service a greater number of marginalized precariously employed clients, and modernize operations.