About Us

Homelessness is a crisis an individual experiences; it does not define the person.

Unity Project commemorated its 20th Anniversary on August 12, 2021. We grew from a tent city protest in a downtown park in the summer of 2001 and opened doors at our permanent facility in the summer of 2003. Since then, Unity Project has been a consistent provider of emergency shelter and supportive housing for London and area and has helped thousands of community members at risk of or experiencing homelessness work towards housing stability, restore well-being, and exit homelessness.

Model

Unity Project is a registered charity #859628851RR0001 governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and a team of over 30 staff members. Housing First principles are actioned by promoting self-determination and choice, applying a harm reduction and trauma-informed approach, employing Motivational Interviewing and assertive engagement practices, providing individualized and strengths-based support, emphasizing housing as a basic human right, and focusing on moving individuals from shelter to permanent housing with wraparound supports as quickly as possible. Staff use the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System to support a collaborative and shared case management approach.

Board of Directors

Amanda Grzyb, Chair
Dirka Prout, Vice-Chair
James Spangenberg, Past-Chair
Paula Lombardi, Secretary
Rick Odegaard, Treasurer
Bernie Hammond

Mike McGregor
Selvin Mejia
Deana Befus

Annual Reports

UP History

“born in tents in a downtown park… raised in a compassionate community”

In the summer of 2001, a group of youth activists  and homeless individuals formed a tent city in a downtown park to raise public awareness of a desperate situation. The community experience that developed led to the initiation of the Unity Project – a shelter service with a peer-supported community model. With the support of hundreds from every walk of life and a generous grant from the City of London the Unity Project was able to purchase and open its facility in the heart of Old East Village in London Ontario. Since then, Unity Project has been a consistent contributor in providing vital social services for London and area and helped thousands of men and women to approach stability and restore wellbeing.

 

Founding Member's Tribute

We honour the Action Family and core founding members for their compassion, determination and fight. The largely youth who took risks and put themselves on the frontline of this struggle, including those as young as 15 and 16 years old, were smart, hard working and very committed to the cause. Their sacrifice was significant and we recognize their accomplishment.

Elizabeth Antunes
Rachel Ayres
Julie Baumann
Thomas Cermak
Kara Downer
Jessica Fortney
Brandon Gratt
Jesse Greener
Simona Irwin
Rob Kosegi
Kurt Kostuk
Charlene Lazenby
Matt Leyes
Ashley McDonald
Mike McGregor
Jeremy McNaughton
Larry McNaughton
Trevor McNaughton
Nathalie Moynagh
Matti Paquiz
Aaron Pellerin
Ron Rhiel
Tom Sierzenski
Ron Sinnamon
Susan Smith
Brett Watson
Wayne Watson
Sandy White
Luke Woodyard

717 Dundas Street
London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity
#859628851RR0001