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  • United Way Halton & Hamilton "Sleepless in Our Cities" - You did it again! For the third year in a row, our Executive Director Dara and Board Chair Gail would like to thank everyone who supported their campaign for United Way's annual fundraiser. On Friday, February 23, 2024, Gail and Dara slept outside in their cars to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness in Halton Region (see video from a previous year below). Each year, more than 205,000 people will rely on a United Way supported program. This year, you helped Dara and Gail raise over $5,000 to help support these essential services. Your generosity warms our hearts on a (very) cold night!


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.


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