United Way is Taking Bold Action Against Poverty
The United Way’s new framework has been four years in the making. It supports the work of the Community Poverty Roundtable and is aligned with the Sault Ste. Marie Poverty Reduction Strategic Action Plan that was developed with input from the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the District of SSM Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) and agency CEOs, and was endorsed by the Mayor and Members of Council in August 2016.
For 60 years the United Way has engaged individuals and mobilized collective action to make the greatest possible impact to improve lives in our community. The United Way, Sault Ste. Marie and district is taking bold action against poverty, beginning a five-year process to address root causes of poverty by working with multiple community partners on strategies which reduce the impact of low income on the health and well-being of individuals and families in our community. The United Way strategies are aligned with, and support, the Sault Ste. Marie Poverty Reduction Strategic Action Plan that was developed by the Community Poverty Roundtable and endorsed by the Mayor and Members of Council in August of 2016. The United Way will focus on two of the priority community issues identified in the Sault Ste. Marie Poverty Reduction Strategic Action Plan: Essential Services and Workplace Entry.
Essential services deal with the immediate needs such as information about how to access support services, referrals and emergency financial assistance to avoid homelessness.
Work Force Entry
Workforce entry focuses on ensuring awareness of programs for workers and employers and ensuring access to supports needed to successfully complete an appropriate level of education.