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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. 

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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What’s UP – Summer 2021

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London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

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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.

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

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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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t: 519.433.8700

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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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London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

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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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London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

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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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United Way flows $538,026 in COVID-19 relief

United Way flows $538,026 in COVID relief

Unity Project is thrilled to be one of the 13 charities a grant from United Way Elgin Middlesex, in the amount of $27,429. The Government of Canada released $73.9M, the balance of funding for the $350M ECSF, which is being administered locally in collaboration with United Way Centraide Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

On October 5, 2020, United Way Elgin Middlesex launched a second call for applications for the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). The fund provides financial support to charities and other qualified beneficiaries adapting their frontline services to support vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, United Way was pleased to share that 13 organizations have been approved for a total of $538,026 in grants to support local programs around London, Elgin and Middlesex. 

This grant comes at a crucial moment. London is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be for quite some time. Individuals experiencing homelessness are not only at an increased risk of contracting the virus, but are also further marginalized without the resources to ensure their safety and wellness. Unity Project will use this funding to purchase masks, hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment for our participants. This will not only help them keep safe in public life, but also empower them as full citizens of our city, with resources in-hand. This, we hope, will allow them to access and enjoy public spaces, such as restaurants or stores, as well as participate in public life. 

We cannot understate just how important this gift is to us. Since moving our main shelter operations to the hotel, we have continually faced new, emerging challenges. Perhaps chief among these challenges is helping our participants with social distancing and adhering to public health policies and recommendations . 

Since our doors opened in August 2003, we have been known as London’s littlest shelter and Canada’s largest participatory shelter. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has significantly affected how we operate. At the hotel,  we increased our typical occupancy, managing rooms, for seniors and those with health conditions which make them most vulnerable to the effects of the virus. Intake has been centralized through the City of London, but Unity Project is still responsible for safeguarding the health and wellness of our participants. We want to see them thrive in their communities and we want to see systems change that will protect individuals experiencing homelessness in poverty.

Thankfully, United Way’s grant will help us realize this goal.
“We are proud to administer the Emergency Community Support Fund locally on behalf of the Government of Canada, alongside the London Community Foundation and their peers in Elgin and Aylmer… This critical investment will ensure rapid relief reaches those who need it most. It’s just one way we’re working together to keep our region strong through an uncertain recovery.” 

– Kelly Ziegner, President & CEO, United Way Elgin Middlesex
 

 
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Help us reach our goal to fill 100 Santa Sacks for Unity Project Participants!

Help us reach our goal to fill 100 Santa Sacks for Unity Project Participants!

 

Here is a safe, fun and virtual way for you to bring real comfort and joy to individuals who are experiencing homelessness and staying at Unity Project this holiday season.

This year is a little different … a lot different! Unity Project is unable to accept in-kind donations, so we are are offering something new to fill the gap and replace the joy our donors get from gathering, giving and delivering all the Santa Sack goodies.

How do I help Unity Project fill 100 Santa Sacks? 
You can purchase individual items to stuff a single Santa Sack or purchase 1, 2, or even 10 complete Santa Sacks!

How will my donation be used?   
Your donation will be used to purchase all the items needed for the Santa Sacks. We will shop at and support local businesses wherever possible, just as you would if you were shopping for us.

100 beautiful knapsacks to fill … Click the button below, and let’s reach this goal together!

Want to donate by cheque?
Please include “Santa Sacks” on the memo line, make the cheque payable to Unity Project, and mail to: Unity Project, Attn: Silvia Langer, 717 Dundas Street, London ON N5W 2Z5.

Want to host a fundraiser among friends, family, workplace or congregation?
Facebook and PayPal Giving Fund Canada have partnered to make it easy for you to give financially, and accountably with donations going directly to Unity Project’s account. And, your group’s donors receive a charitable tax receipt! Click this link to learn more!

(Update, Jan. 2021: this year’s Santa Sacks campaign has concluded. Thank you so much for your generous support!)

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t: 519.433.8700

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London ON N5W 2Z5

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t: 519.433.8700

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GivingTuesday is today!

Today is GivingTuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, a time when communities can harness the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities. London, your eagerness to help UP warms our hearts, and we will continue to honour your support by doing our best to meet our participants’ needs and address London’s housing crisis.

In truth, we send you this message to not only celebrate a single day, but to express our gratitude for all of the support you have given us during the past two weeks. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed system gaps that must be filled, and we rely on our supporters to help us advocate for, usher in and put into practice the change we need to address homelessness in London.

There is still time to donate:
Today is your last day to donate to our Giving Tuesday campaign. Your gift will receive extra clout thanks to a generous matching pledge from Chris and Lina Bowden (up to $5,000), but only until the end of today! If you were looking to donate, now is the time to do it!

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London ON N5W 2Z5

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Sample Letter to Elected Officials

Call to action: sample letter

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed system gaps and failures. It also mobilized a system response and my appetite for real change. I know that I am not alone. We are all in this together! 

I am grateful for the progress that my community has made thus far in protecting homeless individuals.

But London is still in a housing and homelessness crisis and this, in itself, is a public health crisis that demands action. It is a crisis that will grow during this time if we don’t do something about it.

That the $2000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) income for people struggling during the pandemic was more than double the social assistance rates for people struggling before the pandemic, really demonstrates that we punish people for being poor. The CERB should be instated as a permanent policy of basic income that provides every Canadian a foundation for stability.

It’s time that we recognize the unique mental and physical health challenges that disproportionately affect people experiencing homelessness and poverty. We need to treat substance use as a health issue ensuring people have access to safe supply and an adequate system of treatment options.

It’s time that we put policy in place that ensures housing as a human right instead of the commodity it is today. Safe, affordable, and adequate housing is the foundation to any person’s ability to be to successful and should be guaranteed for everyone.

Housing, with supports, is the solution to homelessness and income the solution to poverty.

As my elected representative, I beg you to rise from your seat and raise our collective voice in support of humane public policy.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME and ADDRESS here

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London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001

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London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001