Message from The Executive Director & Chair of the Board
The past year has certainly been an eventful one for all of us at Neighbour to Neighbour. 2019 brought staff changes, property improvements and sophisticated program developments, while 2020 has given us the opportunity to show just how resilient and essential our services are. To say that we are proud of our team would be an extreme understatement.
Our work is continuously evolving, which always brings change, and we have had to say goodbye to some of our treasured employees: Heather Moroz, Danielle Boissoneau and Arazou Ali-Latif all left to pursue new employment in their fields while Shane Farraway and Maria Eugenia both completed their contracts. This has given us the opportunity to grow in new and exciting ways. Jennifer MacNeil has joined us as our new Manager, Administrative Services and brings with her strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Heryka Miranda, Caitlin Cravin and Nicola Moore joined our growing team at the Hamilton Community Food Centre and continue to increase our impact every day. Valerie Louter joined our Development team, allowing us to implement a more focused approach to our fundraising.
Thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we were able to make much-needed repairs to our buildings and repave the driveway at our 28 Athens Street location.
The Family Services Department seeks to address poverty directly with education and advocacy to navigate complicated systems as well as to find and put money back into the hands of the most financially vulnerable persons in our community.
Middle East Outreach face to face: 131 new participants + 1129 face to face appointments with existing participants.
Community Counsellors had more than 3000 face to face interactions.
To all of our volunteers, who give the very best of themselves so that we can be there for our community, we thank you!
"Thank you for the opportunity to volunteer with great students in a program where I was able to grow and learn alongside them."
89% of tutors reported that they built relationships with students, increasing social capital/support systems