Simcoe, Ontario – May 1, 2020
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) provides grants and contributions for projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion. To provide immediate essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19, the Government of Canada is providing $9 million under the NHSP to be distributed through the United Way Canada network. These funds will help organizations provide essential support to seniors dealing with the impact of COVID-19.
“While physical distancing is essential to protecting seniors from COVID-19, it risks isolating them from their community. That is why the Government of Canada is proud to work with United Way Canada to help support the needs of seniors during this difficult time. By using local expertise, this funding will help provide support tailored to the unique, local needs of seniors across the country. As we work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus, the government is supporting Canadians every step of the way”, said The Honorable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors.
Funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk was fortunate enough to receive $51,000 to immediately respond to the local and urgent needs of the vulnerable senior’s population across both counties. Through this funding, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk has provided support for food sourcing, preparation and food delivery to vulnerable seniors in both Haldimand and Norfolk. With a focus on reducing social isolation, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk has partnered with non-profit agencies to deliver mental health supports through virtual programming and on-going outreach. Ensuring that agencies serving the seniors population have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and personal hygiene products the local United Way has also distributed funds to support this much-sought after necessity.
“Our communities of Haldimand and Norfolk are made up of resilient and caring people. But we know that many people in our communities, particularly our seniors’ population, do not have the support system around them to prepare for COVID-19. United Way is here to provide immediate assistance and help those in need,” said Kim Shippey, Executive Director, United Way Haldimand and Norfolk.
Contact: Kim Shippey, Executive DirectorUnited Way of Haldimand and NorfolkPhone: 519-426-5660 Email: kim@unitedwayhn.on.ca