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Lives You've Changed

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The struggle to survive

July 2021
Hear from two women who are helping to outfit the homeless with the supplies they need to survive, and what their experience was like being homeless.
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Blazing a trail for the homeless to reach services

July 2021
The Snuneymuxw First Nation’s Wrapping of Blankets outreach program is overcoming racism and discrimination on behalf of their clients
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United Way secures more funding for survival items for unsheltered neighbours

July 2021
Your local United Way British Columbia office secured additional federal dollars to create the OutShop program, run by the Canadian Mental Health Association Mid-Island.
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Housing navigator has your back when looking for a home

July 2021
Tillicum Lelum’s United Way-funded program is getting hundreds of people into homes. And yet, so many more need help.
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Where the work happens

June 2021
VIDEO: Duncan sleeping cabins are giving Lucas a chance to address addictions and find his future.
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Getting help makes you want to give it

June 2021
Counselling goes mobile in the Alberni Valley to reach youth, with help from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island and the RBC Foundation.
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Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.4: Jake's story

June 2021
Meet Jake. With the help of the warming centre staff at 489 Wallace, he's been working to get into a treatment centre. He says that help is a life-and-death-matter for him.
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Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.3: David's Story

June 2021
Meet David. Despite being homeless, he's taking a course to upgrade his skills in the hopes of getting a better paying job. He wants you to know that he and every homeless person's story is unique,…
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One agency, but not alone

June 2021
PHC Gabriola maintains, adapts and grows services with United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island help.
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Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.2: Deanna's Story

June 2021
VIDEO: Meet Deanna: at 20, she became homeless for the first time, spending her 21st birthday at a shelter. But she's determined to go to school to become a nurse anyway, and is on her way with the…
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Getting help to youth in need quickly

May 2021
When it comes to counselling, sometimes there is no time to wait.
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A Step to a Better Future – Nanaimo's Warming Centres Pt.1

May 2021
Here's a look inside one of Nanaimo’s warming centres - a place for safety, necessities, and for some, a way forward, say 7-10 Club staff.
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The pain of grieving without gathering

April 2021
United Way is supporting organizations like Cowichan Hospice to provide free bereavement services
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Creating community across generations

April 2021
The Brighter Day Project in Campbell River is helping seniors and youth to support and learn from each-other.
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Making fresh food affordable from Campbell River north

April 2021
VIDEO: The pandemic has required charities to respond to new and increased needs in all our communities. With United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island's help via the federal government's…
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Port Alberni’s fight to keep food on the table

March 2021
VIDEO: Multiple Alberni organizations have banded together to feed those in need, with support from United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island
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Going from homeless to housed during the pandemic

March 2021
VIDEO: Salvation Army Fresh Start program provides steps to housing with United Way help
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Duncan breakfast club brings love, support from Indigenous culture to the homeless

March 2021
VIDEO: Hiiye’yu Lelum’s United Way-supported program provides food, clothes-washing, safety and so much more to homeless Indigenous community members in Duncan.
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The recipe for food literacy

March 2021
United Way-supported program teaching North-Island residents cooking and baking skills
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Garden idea flourishes with UW help

March 2021
If you give someone food, they will eat for a day. But there are both skills to be learned, and food to be had if you teach them how to build a garden and grow fruits and vegetables. That’s what the…
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Outreach worker shares story of resuscitating man, and how he responded

February 2021
Being homeless means having no lock on your door. Tent nylon and a zipper won’t protect your belongings – the items you need to survive – from being stolen. And taking everything you own wherever you…
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The Work to Recover from Opioids: Here is Annie's Story

February 2021
VIDEO: Opioid addiction is an ongoing epidemic.  And during the pandemic, it has grown immensely.  Last November alone, 153 people in B.C. died of a suspected drug overdose. That’s an 89 per cent…
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Holiday sacrifice to help the homeless in Cowichan

January 2021
UPDATE. VIDEO: Local builders come in over winter holidays to build cabin shelters for people unhoused
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Cabin Shelters Bring Warmth, Security to Cowichan-Area Residents Without Homes

January 2021
VIDEO: On Friday, Jan. 8, the lives of a handful of Duncan residents living in tents changed for the better thanks to United Way, local service providers and the federal governement.
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Ladysmith Program Giving People Purpose and Support with Thanks to United Way

January 2021
We have all needed to discover ways of coping since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, that has meant reaching out to food programs to help feed their families, or tapping into online…