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Community Resource Service › John and Karen's Story

Healthy people, strong communities.

Change starts in our community when people have the courage to take advantage of the programs and services that are offered in Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River, many of which are supported by Brant United Way. Together, we continue to support healthy people and build strong communities.

As a result of a temporary job lay off, John and Karen found themselves turning to the Community Resource Service's Food Bank, a program they were strong supporters of.

The family was used to a double income, but with all the expenses of having a mortgage, 2 kids involved in multiple extracurricular activities such as soccer and baseball, monthly payments into the kids education fund and the family pet, the idea of having at least three months of savings for emergencies was nothing more than a dream. When the news came that John would be laid off for 6-8 weeks, he was encouraged to apply for Employment Insurance. However, by the time he would receive money from the benefits he would be back at work.

John soon realized he would need to make difficult choices to ensure the family was taken care of. But even with tightening budgets and re-evaluating their monthly budget, the family could not make ends meet. John made a decision to pay the mortgage payment and made his first visit to the Food Bank as a client rather than a supporter.

"You never know when you may need to make use of a Brant United Way Member Agency. Life is always changing so quickly and you can turn into a recipient from supporter so quickly."

John and his wife were thankful the employees at the Food Bank were kind, helpful, and understanding of their situation. The couple were able to provide for their family and make it through this difficult period with the help of the Food Bank.

Brant United Way is proud to have made a difference in the lives' of families. We continue to invest in people throughout our community to strengthen their individual capacity and that of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River.

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