United Way Halton & Hamilton "Sleepless in Our Cities" - Both our Executive Director Dara and our Board Chair Gail will be sleeping in their cars again this year on Friday, February 24, 2023 to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness in Halton Region (see video from last year below). This year, more than 205,311 people will rely on a United Way supported programs. With your support, each dollar is invested right back into the community. Any donation over $25.00 receives a charitable receipt from the United Way. Again this year, the amount raised will be matched by a community philanthropist. So your donation is doubled! Donate Here
COVID-19 has had a severe impact on our community’s mental health, and most residents don’t know that there is a free support system just a phone call away. Distress Centre Halton is available for anyone experiencing emotional stress, not just in extreme circumstances, but whenever you feel like you need someone to talk to. Call before you reach your breaking point, and it may never have to get that far.
The phone rang at 12:04 am, four minutes past midnight. On the line to Distress Centre Halton’s 24-hour response line was a 17-year-old girl. More than contemplating suicide, she had made a plan. Her father had recently died. He was the only one who had really understood what her life with a disability was like. The volunteer who took the call listened and supported her for over an hour.