Poverty To Possibility

Why focus on poverty?

Poverty is complex. There are many factors. Our economy has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Locally, we have many residents who struggle to meet basic needs. Through community conversations, citizens told us that limited income results in having to make difficult choices every day. An example would be a choice between food or transportation or rent and hydro. They also spoke of the lack of understanding and stigma and what it’s like to live in these conditions.

Poverty is complex. The burden is profound. Those living with limited income face many social and health barriers.

Local Strategies

Help meet basic needs

  • Increase access to affordable, healthy, fresh food
  • Provide supports and options to obtain & maintain affordable, safe and stable housing
  • Create awareness and the supports to obtain resources for improved health and well-being
  • Educate the community about the reality of living in poverty

Strengthen employment readiness

  • Increase access to supports that will provide education resources, strengthen employment readiness and relevant life skills
  • Recognize and reduce barriers to obtaining and maintaining a job

Poverty to Possibility Programs

Oxford Resident Support with Indwell Harvey Woods Lofts
Resident Support for improved health and well-being. This program offers affordable housing to those with a disability and/or limited income. It ensures residents have access to supports for health and well-being, employment and community engagement.
Oxford Oral Health Access Initiative with Oxford County Community Health Centre
Develop initiatives for oral health access. Oral health care is vital to health, self-esteem and employment readiness and is often not available for the most vulnerable. This program works to create community awareness and to develop supports to obtain resources.
Oxford Street Outreach Program with Oxford County Community Health Centre (Collaborative)
Homeless support through outreach and belongingness. An intervention program aimed at helping individuals experiencing chronic and persistent homelessness, or at risk of homelessness while creating clearer system access and coordination.

Impact Stories

March 23, 2017

All That Kids Can Be Video

March 23, 2017

2016 Spirit Award Recipients

March 23, 2017

Celebrating Community

Changed lives. Made Possible By You.   A shared vision of a brighter future, deep-rooted in community aspirations was celebrated tonight as supporters, partners and community […]