Dublin Street United is preparing to welcome a United Nations designated refugee family on June 24. They are a husband, wife and two young sons. We are hard at work making advance preparations. Regardless, when refugees escape their homeland, they still miss it profoundly said the support committee's chairperson Gary Partlow. "It's our job to sort out their day-to-day living issues and help them find a comfortable way of life. We're their sponsors for one year, but we stay friends for much longer." To read more about this endeavour, please read the Guelph Tribune article published, May 19, HERE.
About NEHM - One of the most underserviced areas in Guelph is the north-east corner, especially the Brant Avenue neighbourhood. Early in 2013, two Guelph United Ministries members - Trinity United and Chalmers Community Services Centre - initiated a conversation with the Brant and Waverley neighbourhood groups, other local churches and the Upper Grand District School Board about the possibility of distributing free nutritious food to residents of that area. Guelph United Ministries stepped forward and agreed to fund food purchases for a six month pilot project beginning in July. The response to the market has been stunning.
At several sessions held at Dublin United, Elaine Weir of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit presented information about the Bridges Out of Poverty program. In 2013 the Unit launched a new initiative aimed at tackling poverty in our community. There is no question that poverty is one of the critical determinants of poor health.