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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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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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UPwithART 2020 Results!

UPwithART 2020 Results!

Thanks to you, UPwithART 2.0 raised $146K that will go directly towards Unity Project’s housing stability program and Museum London’s children’s programming! We are (almost) speechless at the fact that even during this difficult time, we ended up only $2K shy of last year’s grand total. This is beyond our dreamiest expectations, and we are all so thankful that you chose to be a part of UPwithART despite the pandemic and our “change in venue”. At first, we were unsure of how our online fundraiser (as we understand, the first large online fundraiser in London since the quarantine took effect) would be received, and as the days progressed, we were overwhelmed by such a strong showing of community support.

This year would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and community partners, especially our Diamond Sponsor –  Van Simpson Portfolio Management. Please take a moment to look at these organizations that unflinchingly supported us from the starting block to the finish line.

This was also UPwithART’s 10th anniversary and even after a decade, we are committed to improving and adapting our fundraiser. Help us out by taking this short three-minute survey about your experience to make next year’s fundraiser even better.

Lastly, we want to thank you not only for your financial support, but also for the goodwill you’ve put back into the community, your trust in both of our organizations, and your willingness to make London better for future generations and marginalized communities. Stay safe and we hope to see you next year!

-The UPwithART committee

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UPwithART – less than two weeks away!

UPwithART – less than two weeks away!

UPwithART 2.0 will be an online, reimagined version of the arty-party and silent art auction you have grown to know and love. Beginning on 24 May and culminating on 30 May, we will all gather online, to celebrate culture, compassion and community through relief of homelessness and for the love of art! This is the 10th annual event, and the second year of Museum London and Unity Project’s partnership to support Unity Project’s Housing Stability Program and Museum London’s children’s programming.

While this year’s arty-party and silent art auction has been digitally adapted to online format, it will still serve up familiar UPwithART favourites: original works by local, renowned, emerging and Unity Project participant artists as well as contemporary and historical works donated by notable London-area collectors. This year’s festivities will include a week-long online art auction, an exclusive Registration Prize, an Art & Activism artist panel discussion, Money Now! donation bidding, live elements and much more!

Our deepest thanks to the sponsors, artists, collectors, committee and all who have rallied to defeat pandemic discombobulation and bring this all together. This milestone anniversary year will prove yet again that Londoners are intent on creating a better city through celebration of the arts and social justice.

Follow Unity Project’s and Museum London’s social media channels to receive UPwithART updates as they happen!

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Reimagined UPwithART 2.0 Announcement: 24-30 May

Reimagined UPwithART 2.0 Announcement: 24-30 May

Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Museum London are pleased to announce that our annual UPwithART fundraiser will be taking place virtually this year from Sunday, May 24 to Saturday, May 30 2020 as a free event.

We have been hard at work transforming London’s favourite art-y party and silent auction into a format which everyone can safely enjoy. Please join us for an online art auction featuring 65 awesome works of art, an Art & Activism panel discussion, speeches from our Directors, Money Now!, and a very timely print multiple.

Registration will open on Friday, May 8. Register before midnight on Tuesday, May 26 for your chance to win our Registration Prize, the painting Misty Harbour by William “St. Thomas” Smith (gift from Museum London, valued at $750).

This truly is a moment when the community and the organizations that serve them are looking for a strong showing of support. Please help us get through these difficult times so we can prepare for better times on the other side of this pandemic. We look forward to “seeing” you at the first ever virtual UPwithART 2.0. More details to follow!

Please visit www.upwithart.ca for more information and follow Unity Project’s social media channels to receive UPdates as they happen!

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UPwithART 2020 – Postponed

UPwithART 2020 – Postponed

Dear friends of Unity Project and Museum London: COVID-19 threatens not only our health but also how we will serve our communities. As a result, UPwithART 2020 will be postponed.

This seriously affects the much-needed fundraising that is essential to both organizations at a time when we have already been financially affected.

We are currently assessing the situation and have some ideas about how we might conduct the event at a later date, in order to ensure the health and well-being of our communities and achieve the goals of the event as best we can.

We appreciate your understanding in this matter and hope we can count on your support going forward.

Sincerely,
Chuck Lazenby, Executive Director of Unity Project
Brian Meehan, Executive Director of Museum London

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Huge success for UPwithART w/ Museum London Partnership

Huge success for UPwithART w/ Museum London Partnership

THANK YOU!!

The 9th Annual UPwithART show, in partnership with Centre at the Fork – Museum London, was an incredible success with enormous thanks to you! We successfully raised over $150,000 at Museum London on April 27th, 2019, with 70 works of awesome art on display along with our guests’ love of art, a passion to end homelessness, and genuine support for Unity Project.

This year your support of UPwithART is currently at work supporting Unity Project to adapt “Housing First” to our emergency shelter framework and helping vulnerable people (aged 16 and up) end or avoid their experience of homelessness through diverting people from shelter, obtaining safe housing, and maintaining stability within the community. With a new partnership formed with Museum London, your gift is also at work supporting children and Indigenous programming to deepen the visitor experience and advance a lively, creative cultural centre that inspires, encourages and engages the community.

We are extremely grateful for your continued support, participation and presence within the community, and together we are able to exhibit the intersection of arts, culture & social justice and the importance of them in establishing a vibrant community.

We hope you join us next year at Museum London for the cities best arty-party! 

Thank-you on behalf of the UPwithART Committee:
Silvia Langer, Brian Meehan, Anita Schipper, Sarah White, Peter Lebel, Lisa Mc Dougall, Moira McKee, David Merritt, Mitra Shreeram, Lucas Stenning,Janice Strickland, Diana Tamblyn, Ian Tripp, Lucretia Geleynse

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Museum London to host, benefit from Unity Project fundraiser

Museum London to host, benefit from UP fundraiser

Arts and social justice always were at the heart of Unity Project’s UPwithART fundraiser.

Now, that connection has been made stronger thanks to a partnership between the local organization that offers shelter and housing services and Museum London.

UPwithArt “has been one of our major events over the last few years in which we have gathered artists, collectors and people who want to support arts and support our cause of alleviating homelessness and poverty,” said Chuck Lazenby, Unity Project’s executive director.

“It has grown tremendously over the last few years . . . and that exceeds our capacity as a small organization (to manage it), so given we already had a relationship with Museum London, it just made sense for us to combine our efforts.”

As part of the event, now in its ninth edition, Unity Project auctions donated art, with proceeds of the sales going to support the organization’s homelessness relief efforts. These include an emergency shelter and supportive housing programs for people dealing with poverty and homelessness.

Last year, the event raised $101,000, an amount they are hoping to surpass in 2019, Lazenby said.

This time around, a portion of those proceeds also will go to support public programming at the museum.

For the upcoming auction, more than 75 works of art valued at more than $70,000 have been donated by artists – some of them current or former Unity Project clients – art collectors and other supporters of the project. They range in value between $50 and $2,500.

One of the donating artists is Angie Quick, who is contributing a painting to UPwithArt for the third year.
“I think this is a very important event that is very effective at what it does,” she said. “It clearly brings together so many different people within the community, and it focuses on the art, the artists and the people who it’s helping in the community and bridging those things together.”

Besides the art for sale, the event includes door prizes for advanced-ticket holders and raffle items. People can preview the art on the event’s website, www.upwithart.ca, and bid on the items online if they can’t make it to the event.

Thanks to the new partnership, the event will be held this year at the museum’s recently renovated Centre at the Forks area.

Brian Meehan, the museum’s executive director, said these were the types of events they hoped they would be hosting when they decided to embark in the $2.5 million project to renew the space to include a two-storey window-wall and a terrace overlooking the Thames River.

“We really imagined this space as a community gathering place  . . . and we were thrilled to be part of that,” he said, adding he believes the new partnership could help the event grow even more than it already has.

“The people who support the Unity Project and the people who support the museum are probably two different audiences,” he said.

“So this was an opportunity to double the audience for the event and hopefully get that many more people through the door and make it even more of a success than it has been in previous years.”

By JONATHAN JUHA
The London Free Press

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t: 519.433.8700

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