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Eileen’s Story
200,000 people in Halton & Hamilton urgently need your help

Thousands of seniors live in isolation across our region. Your neighbour, your friend and possibly even a family member may have nowhere to go and, once their front door is closed, they are alone.

Eileen was one of those seniors isolated from life outside her home until she accessed support from United Way. Your support and local love helped to make sure individuals feel included in their community.

Together, we opened the once closed doors of seniors like Eileen, to a vibrant life outside their homes that are now filled with enjoyment, friendships and purpose.

“The United Way supports me, helps me get out of my home so I’m not sitting there by myself crying, as I did when my husband passed away. I’ve realized I’m not alone anymore.”

Because of your support, seniors like Eileen feel rejuvenated and their smiles have once again returned.


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“I started my relationship with the agency four years ago. I was attending a program to learn about computers and someone suggested I could have lunch at the senior’s centre in the same building as the school. I was served delicious lunches and was able to participate in activities. The centre gives seniors a sense of independence and a chance to have a social life. They make them feel important.
As a newcomer, Sebastian found himself struggling in school and trying to learn English. Now, five years later, he is volunteering at the United Way-supported agency and serving as a leader to newcomers arriving today. His family emigrated from there home country when Sebastian was seven. “It was because of the state my country was in. It wasn’t the greatest in terms of safety. We were shot at one day when going to my grandma’s house, and I think that’s what led my parents to finally make the decision to immigrate.”