Christmas is a time when many of us focus on the blessings we have and our desire to give back to others.
But at the same time, many young families in your community struggle to meet basic needs and over 98% of the families who utilize Bethany programs are facing major economic challenges including hunger, unstable housing and inadequate education or work income.
We look to the Ottawa Community to help us make a difference in the lives of over 450 young families every year.
More than 58% of the youth who come through our doors every year are ready and willing to work despite being a new parent, dealing with mental health or addiction challenges and struggling with daily impacts of living in poverty.
Bethany Hope Centre helps them on that journey with education and employment or small-business opportunities.
An increasing number of young parents identify loneliness, depression and anxiety as major blocks to moving forward. At Bethany Hope, those young people build a sense of community, find belonging and the hope and support to improve their situation for their children.
We desperately require resources in the form of dollars, food and time to really continue making a difference in the outcomes of young children.
The Ottawa Food Bank reports over 30% of their users are children, while at The Bethany Hope Centre, 100% of the families we serve are pregnant or parenting young people. Over 95% of them report relying on additional food supports to feed their families.
We are not OK with this!
Let's strive to ensure that in Ottawa
EVERY CHILD EATS!
This Christmas, is your family in a position to offer support to local children and youth?
The Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre is ready to help improve young family well-being
With a wide variety of services, the centre offers youth an opportunity to improve their family situation and signals a new hope to children and parents across the city.
But we NEED your help to continue!
I am proud to say that we have the investment of key community stakeholders including many sponsors, donors, the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario and The Salvation Army Canada. They join us on our journey to increase the opportunities for improving the well-being of young parent families in Ottawa. Thanks for all the support that has made that possible!
However, there is still long way to go as young parents and their children need economic independence to experience real improved well-being. That means improved educational standards, permanent and meaningful work, good nutrition and health care, and healthy, safe living environments.