For the past 23 yrs Josh has been taking care of his mom who had an unfortunate accident with her job that has left her to become quadriplegic. Josh shared , his mom has been an inspiration of resiliency to him, to never give up.
Through many different circumstances and barriers to overcome such as housing shifts and income changes, Josh and his mother have landed in District housing in Minden after a very long wait on the Housing wait list. Josh shared that rural housing is very different to city housing.
" the small town feel leaves no privacy to our lives. Everyone who's anyone knows our business and it makes it challenging to lead a mentally healthy lifestyle"
While living in this rural community Josh wanted to create a future story that was different for himself and his mother. Through local connections with Fleming College and the CKL & Haliburton County Ending Poverty Roundtable he was approached to join Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World a 12 week workshop for individuals living in poverty to help individuals evaluate their lives and develop the understanding and skills necessary to thrive.
Often those living below the income cut off feel marginalized and that there is not hope or future story for themselves. Getting Ahead offers a chance to meet people who are facing the same barriers and work together to affect change within their community as well as their own lives by finding their voice and being able to fit in to the middle class world.
" I like the program for what it is and what it teaches people" Josh shared. He mentioned the barrier of the workbook and different levels of understanding for all the investigators as they are called. "It needs to be inclusive no matter what level you are at" he shared
That is where Make your Way comes in. It was written by graduates of the Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World workshop who wanted to see a different approach to the workshop by utilizing local community resources
and a common language everyone can understand. Come check it out.
If you find that you are stuck and have many barriers standing in your way, if you feel hopeless and in need of next steps to get out of your current situation. This free 12 week program is informal and interactive. Conversations take place in a confidential, relaxed environment, described as a “kitchen table” like approach.
The program starts with looking at “Picturing Your Life Now” to help you see where you are and look at the direction where you want to go.
Examples of some of things we discuss in the workshop are:
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The Bridges out of Poverty workshop is offered to anyone interested in learning more about the social and economic impact that poverty has on individuals and our community. It allows those in Middle Class and Wealth to have a different lens perspective of what Poverty/instability actually looks like and gives tools to help change system barriers within the community.
In this full day workshop we look at....
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"When I started this workshop I didn't know what to expect. Now I feel confident in my life and have hope for my future. I gained so much confidence that now I'm working full time in a job i love, I learned so much about our community and made friends for life by taking this workshop"
-Make Your Way Participant
“Overall, I absolutely loved this training, it was the most open and honest poverty based training I have ever been to. This was incredible, thank you so very much” -Bridges Participant
“I am very impressed with the quality of the workshop. I was challenged to think about hidden rules within all social constructs and how that affects my work with participants as well as in my personal life.” -Bridges Participant
Provides local information about COVID-19 for all Haliburton County residents, including what to do if you are feeling unwell, supports available in the community, a wide range of mental health supports, and ways you can help.
For Haliburton County, Food Access information can be found on this website https://www.haliburtoncares.ca/ under “Access to Food”.
Food cards are available through the Bobcaygeon & Area COVID-19 Relief Fund. Contact: Kathleen at email@example.com call Margaret: 705-879-2719.
For CKL access to food information during COVID-19 please see Food Access during COVID 19 Apr 21 2020 below.