Thanks to donors like you in 2014 United Way invested $868,375 and funded 21 programs to help individuals find safe and affordable housing, access to healthy food and sustainable employment – all strategies to find pathways out of poverty.

Some results from 2014 funding cycle:

20,274 individuals and families received healthy food, food preparation skills and shared in the hospitality of community programs and gardens.

United Way funded partner addressing this need: Victoria Rainbow Kitchen

More than 200 volunteers prepare and serve a nutritious hot lunch to about 140 people a day, five days a week each year at the Esquimalt United Church through this safe and supportive program for poor and marginalized people. The majority of food is donated by corporate partners who share the program’s goal of establishing food security independence for those in need. Many volunteers start as guests who train and study to gain work experience in the kitchen and at local community gardens.

Success story: Meet Al http://uwgv.ca/struggling-local-finds-relief-at-rainbow-kitchen-flourishes-as-a-volunteer/

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1,521 individuals made more informed decisions on money management and employment training, improving their financial security.

United Way funded partner addressing this need: Victoria Women’s Transition House Society’s Safe: Self-Sufficiency and Assets through Financial Education Program

This financial literacy and asset-building project works with the residents of Harrison Place. Participants are single women, aged 45-65 who are abuse survivors with multiple health problems, chronic disease, and at high risk of homelessness. The project aims to achieve residential stability, sense of security, financial knowledge, and psychological orientation toward future civic and community involvement.

Success story: Meet Hilary http://uwgv.ca/recovery-way

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834 youth and adults accessed safe and affordable shelters and long-term housing and the skills to build a healthy home environment.

United Way funded partner addressing this need: Pacifica Housing Advisory Association’s Streets to Homes Program (S2H)

This program works to move people experiencing homelessness directly to private market housing obtained through a comprehensive landlord support system. S2H provides a rent subsidy, case planning and supports through direct service and referrals to community resources to ensure participants remain housed and progress towards self-sufficiency.

“United Way funding has enabled the Streets to Homes Program to become a shining example of ongoing partnership and community collaboration in addressing the issue of homelessness in our region. We have created the shift from simply to providing roofs over people’s heads to providing homes with support and possibilities” – Brad Crewson, Director of Support Services, Pacifica Housing

Success story: Meet Blaine http://uwgv.ca/streets-roof-head-blaines-story/