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The Mischief Makers support UP at #BakeSaleShowdown!

The Mischief Makers support UP at #BakeSaleShowdown!

OCTOBER 4, 2021 UPDATE

Thank you everyone for participating in this event! We hope you had fun and — who knows? You might have landed yourself on TV!


SEPTEMBER 29, 2021

Two teams go head-to-head in a bake sale battle to determine whose tasty treats can raise the most money for their charity of choice on Bake Sale Showdown, a Canadian competitive baking show airing on Bell Fibe1. This is where you come in…

You are invited to the set to participate in the bake sale frenzy on October 1st from 11 – 11:30am at Boler Mountain (689 Griffith St.) to support The Mischief Makers, an adorable mother and daughter combo supporting Unity Project!

So save room for desert, and come on down to buy some (lots!) of The Mischief Makers’ creations. Get there a little early to be ready, as the sale only runs for 30 minutes. There has never been a sweeter way to support our charity. 

For more information, visit https://bakesaleshowdown.com/, follow their social media @bakesaleshowdown (Facebook and Instagram) and watch out for the #bakesaleshowdown hashtag in your social networks! We’ll also update Unity Project’s social media and website if we hear updates.

Thankful for The Mischief Makers (and your) support and wish you all good fortune.

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Showdown in the Downtown 2021

Showdown in the Downtown – Save the Date!

The 13th Annual ‘Showdown In The Downtown’ is going virtual and will raise funds for a number of community organizations, including Unity Project.

Join in on September 25, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. for a free livestream, featuring podcaster and comedian Brendan Schaub. Donations are encouraged during the stream. Click here and bookmark this page to watch it on event day.

Starting now, you can a purchase a $100 Dominos Gift Certificate for the price of $75, with all proceeds fully supporting the event’s beneficiary charities. Purchase your certificates here.

Our job isto divert people from shelter wherever there is opportunity; to stabilize participants in their moment of crisis by meeting their basic needs; to engage participants in their own process toward housing and stability, and; to utilize every available community resource to prevent or to end the experience of homelessness for all those in our care. 

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Thank you for joining us for UP Turns 20!

Thank you for 20 years of support

Wow! What a turnout.

We are feeling extremely thankful for everyone’s support of Unity Project over the past 20 years. Our 20th Anniversary event showed us that we have a LOT of awesome supporters – both new and long-term. Thank you so much for all that you did and do to help UP turn 20!

Oh, and another thank you for the $2,490 raised on event day!

If you would like to re-watch (or if you missed the event) the web.isod.es video documenting the past 20 years, here it is below.

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What’s UP – Summer 2021

What’s UP…  Summer is here!

COVID update…

Government funding to support our operations at the hotel is confirmed until the end of September, where we continue to support individuals at greatest risk during the pandemic.

Unity Project’s Frontline Support Team work incredibly hard and do an amazing job! We currently support 47 individuals in 40 rooms, along with 11 dogs and 9 cats. Since March 2020, 182 unique individuals have been supported in the hotel, including helping 51 individuals to obtain housing.

London Homeless Prevention Network continues to meet monthly in the ongoing process to develop our city’s homeless prevention system. Unity Project is significantly invested in this process and we continue to work to inform and enact better practice for the ongoing relief of homelessness and our role within a robust homeless prevention system. 

Another public health crisis…

During this time, people experiencing homelessness are isolated in ways that further put their lives at risk. Overdose deaths have increased exponentially including from opioids as well as stimulants, and the numbers are staggering. In London, 101 individuals have tragically lost their lives. The loss and the grief weighs on participants and frontline workers daily.
 
The pandemic has taught us that we know how to respond if it is something we prioritize.
 
We will continue to have gaps despite advances in good programming, as long as we continue to see substance use as a moral or ethical issue. We need to see it as a health issue and address it in a comprehensive way, which means making options available to people as there is no one thing that works for everyone who may be struggling with the substances they use. The development of an overdose prevention site, and system for the safer supply of prescription drugs certainly help during this time, but it is still not broad enough and not enough resources are dedicated to ensure safe supply so that the toxicity of street drugs is not killing people. We know how to do this: We regulate two of the most damaging drugs – alcohol and nicotine – allowing people to use these substances of choice in a safer way.
 
We need to prioritize this tragedy and respond to it like the health crisis that it is.

Calling all golfers and sponsors!

With your help Unity Project will be hitting the greens to tee off against homelessness!

Follow this link to sponsor our Team in the Hockey Helps the Homeless reimagined Golf In Your Bubble event supporting Unity Project, Mission Services and Merrymount: http://tournament.hhth.com/goto/UnityProject
 
And/or … sign up to play yourself and help raise awareness and funds #FOREthecause!
 
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Join (free) a Sponsored Team (if recruited by a captain) or as a Free Agent for $99.
  2. Once registered, you will be provided with personal profile page and the tools you need to start peer-to-peer fundraising to achieve a minimum of $500 before July 31st.
  3. Once you reach your minimum fundraising goal, a ‘Golf in Your Bubble’ kit will be delivered to you. This kit includes two golf passes redeemable at either FireRock GC or Forest City National GC (so bring a guest!). Your guest is not required to register or fundraise but they can still help you! Green Fees are valid throughout the 2021 season and you are responsible for booking your tee time.

Golf In Your Bubble Kit is valued at approx.. $750 and includes: 
• 2 Green Fees (including cart)
• 2 Branded Golf Polos
• 2 Branded Golf Hats
• 6 Golf Balls
• Drink & Lunch vouchers
• $100 The Keg Gift Card
• Cineplex movie rental
• Barry’s Bootcamp free virtual fitness class
• Water Bottle
• Golf Towel

RAISE $750

  • The option to play Angus Glen Golf Club or Lionhead Golf & Country Club in lieu of redeeming your round at Fire Rock Golf Club or Forest City National Golf Club.

RAISE $1,500

  • Receive a CCM Jetspeed/TRUE AX9 Stick, OR CHOICE OF Titleist SM8 Wedge, Taylor Made MG2 Wedge, or Callaway Jaws Wedge.

RAISE $3,000

  • Receive a pair of True XC9 Gloves OR CHOICE OF Titleist TSi Hybrid, Taylor Made Sim Max Hybrid, or Callaway Apex Hybrid clubs.

Donations must be received by HHTH no later than July 31, 2021 at midnight local time to count towards the fundraiser’s individual total. Fundraisers must hit their minimum in their respective tier ($750, $1,500, or $3,000) to qualify.

Only 1 gift per person. Items are subject to availability. HHTH reserves the right to substitute an item of equal or greater value.
More info: www.hockeyhelpsthehomeless.com or call Silvia Langer, 519.433-8700 ext 201

Our Knight in Shining Armour for 2021 is …

Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes’ annual Warframe® conference, TennoCon, will broadcast on multiple streaming platforms for free Saturday, July 17. TennoCon 2021 is Digital Extremes’ quintessential free event of the year, packing a full day of game reveals, in-game activities, developer panels, the fan-favorite community art show and cosplay contest, and more, for a day of celebration with 60+ million players. Digital Extremes will once again broadcast TennoCon digitally from home due to COVID-19 health restrictions.
 
In partnership this year with Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness, Digital Extremes’ three TennoCon digital packs give players the chance to jump into the fun for a great cause.
 
Digital Extremes is proud to be making a donation to the Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and we are honoured to be a part of this great event.

Jump into the fun, by visiting https://www.warframe.com/tennocon.

Update – Shelley Niro – Thinking of You

Thinking Of You enacts a site of mourning and calls for justice as we continue to learn about Canada’s Indian Residential School System and the impact of genocide on Indigenous peoples and communities as settler colonialism continues to unfold in Canada. Presented outdoors, on screens facing the Deshkan Ziibi/Thames River at the Centre at the Forks, Museum London, these images reference the Medicine Wheel teachings, the interconnectivity between all things—a source of healing, of medicine that is both spiritual and physical. The exhibition has gathered new meaning after the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found in a mass grave at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. 

This exhibition will be screened in August between sunset and sunrise.

In constellation with this exhibit, a window display at SATELLiTE Project Space 151 Dundas features Shelley Niro’s poem “HOME” and her T-Shirt “The Wild Ones And The Colonized”. Originally sold (in white) during UPwithART 2021, this new limited-edition T-Shirt in black can be yours for $50 with proceeds benefitting Unity Project and Museum London.

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Tee OFF with HHTH to make an impact

Tee OFF with HHTH to make an impact

Father’s Day is right around the corner. Looking for a gift idea? Here’s your opportunity to take Dad out while also making a difference in your community.

It’s simple.

Purchase a box as a free agent for a $99 fee and fundraise $500 where all London net proceeds stay local for Unity Project, Mission Services of London and Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre.

Once you’ve hit your fundraising goal, a ‘Golf in Your Bubble’ kit will be delivered directly to your doorstep, valued at approximately $750. In order to secure your kit for Father’s Day, you must fundraise $500 by June 13th at midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST). However, you will still receive a kit at a later date if you reach this amount by June 30.

What is Golf in Your Bubble?
No hockey, no problem. HHTH is bringing a fun golf experience this summer, presented by its National Founding Sponsor, Canada Life.

By Fundraising through this event, you can enjoy a safe and exciting experience with a kit that will be delivered directly to your doorstep. Each kit includes a complimentary round of golf for two at a high-caliber, local course alongside other exciting items for the complete well-being experience. 

This provides you with a great opportunity to improve your health and wellness while teeing-off against homelessness.

Visit the London campaign page here.

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Unity Project – TennoCon 2021 Charity Partner

TennoCon 2021 Charity Partner

Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes announced that its annual WARFRAME® conference, TennoCon 2021, will broadcast on multiple streaming platforms for free Saturday, July 17… and Unity Project is named as this year’s charity partner!

We are excited to partner with Digital Extremes and for the opportunity to engage the gaming industry in solutions to the growing crisis of homelessness in cities and towns everywhere.

Click here for more information about the event (or to register). We hope all of our gamer followers both local and abroad to enjoy themselves and advocate for relief of homelessness in their communities.

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UPwithART 2021 – the numbers are in!

UPwithART 2021 – the numbers are in!

You really helped us get UPwithART this year! The event was in its second online year, so we honestly didn’t know what to expect, but clearly Unity Project and Museum London have nothing to worry about when we’re backed by our amazing supporters and sponsors.
Check out the numbers below to see how much YOU ROCK!! Thank you so much!
 
Van Simpson – Scotia Wealth Management presented 2021 UPwithART, their second year in a row as our Presenting Sponsor!

A big thank you to our sponsors

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What is the solution to homelessness and poverty?

What is the solution to homelessness and poverty?

Written by Chuck Lazenby, our Executive Director

What is the solution to homelessness and poverty? I have been asked this question countless times since the origins of Unity Project as a tent city protest in 2001. My answer has not changed in two decades: Housing is the solution to homelessness. Income is the solution to poverty.

Collectively, we have known the solution for years:

  1. Increase minimum wage and social assistance rates and ultimately we need a basic/minimum income (by the way, we could and should do that tomorrow, easy!), and;

  2. Create truly affordable, quality housing whether through de-commodification of housing, rent controls, refurb/retrofit/maintenance, or new public housing builds (by the way, creating jobs in the process).

Income and housing are the foundation from which we begin to support individuals as part of the community. People must be supported in their physical, mental and social well-being to maintain stability and achieve belonging, both as recovery from the trauma of homelessness and prevention against a constant cycle of new people.

It is not complicated. It serves the collective good. Yup, we are all in this together. Yet, collectively, we cannot coalesce around sound, actionable public policy. We tear our hair out coming up with new charity programming, but skirt around the real and obvious solutions. Why? Because collectively, we cannot shake ourselves free of the myth of our economic system; that homelessness and poverty is a personal crisis which belongs to the individual. This is a stigma. It is a falsehood. It blinds us to the systemic issue and results in our collective acceptance (and yes, the benefits to some) of inhumane public policy.

This is not a failure of government. The system is not broken. The system is working exactly as it geared and tooled to work. High unemployment keeps wages low. Miserable poverty and homelessness keeps low-wage workers saying “Yes, boss”. Thus, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Homelessness is increasing because poverty, like wealth, is an inheritance.

That means that more and more of us are climbing into that poverty boat or it is inching toward us, and our children and grandchildren, as the cost of living increases and our incomes remain relatively static or disappear.

The fact that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) base level income for people struggling during the pandemic is more than double the social assistance rates for people struggling before the pandemic, really demonstrates that we punish people for being poor. Our public policy reflects our belief that poverty is a personal failure. We have labelled homelessness as defining the person (as undeserving) rather than a socio-economic and public health crisis that they experience (like a pandemic).

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed system gaps and failures. It also mobilized a system response.

Let us take this rare window of opportunity to challenge our own thinking and drive a social culture that demands a shift to foundational supports that are, now quite obviously, within our collective capacity and reach.

We need to shift from pity to compassion. We must shift from answering questions to questioning ourselves. We must shift from throwing up our hands to making demands of all of our elected officials. Because it’s clear we know what to do. It’s time to do it.


This article was written for London’s Vital Signs. The article can be found by clicking this text.

Showdown in the Downtown 2021

Showdown in the Downtown – Save the Date! The 13th Annual ‘Showdown In The Downtown’ is going virtual and will raise funds for a number of community organizations, including Unity Project. Join

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London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001