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5 misconceptions about homelessness

Posted Tuesday, December 14, 2021

By: Ryan Boyd, Up Hub summer student

Misinformation can be a dangerous thing.

When it comes to homelessness, there are many unfounded myths and stereotypes. These false narratives are particularly troublesome, as they add to the further stigmatization of a group of people already unfairly criticized and judged by the public. The truth is that homelessness is an unfortunate reality for many people in our society. It's only by addressing these myths and deconstructing them that...

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Breaking the stigma around disabilities and adulthood

Posted Thursday, November 25, 2021

By Josie Rose MSW., RSW

Mental Health Case Manager at York Support Services Network 

I've been working with youth in York Region from different community groups with various intersectionalities (e.g., ethnocultural, 2SLGBTQ+, precariously housed, and young people dealing with poverty, addictions, and the justice system) for the past couple of years to provide them opportunities to voice their concerns, implement ideas, and have a seat at decision-making tables.

When...

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Your guide to food banks in York Region

Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2021

By: Ryan Boyd, Up Hub summmer student

What is a food bank and why are they needed?

Food banks are nonprofit organizations that collect and redistribute food to individuals and families experiencing food insecurity.

Food insecurity is defined as being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Food insecurity happens when an individual or household doesn't have enough money to purchase adequate food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences....

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What you need to know about loneliness

Posted Friday, November 05, 2021

By Ryan Boyd, Up Hub summer student

Loneliness is one of the most common and universal human emotions, and yet, we still struggle to fully understand its complexities and causes. Feelings of loneliness show up differently for each individual, and symptoms vary from person to person. One thing we know for sure is that loneliness can be very damaging to a person's state of mind in the long run.

It may be tempting to define loneliness simply as the desire for human contact, but...

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6 places to donate gently used clothing, furniture and other household items in York Region

Posted Thursday, October 14, 2021

By: Ryan Boyd, Up Hub summer student

As an older brother, I'm very familiar with going through my old wardrobe to sort out any unwanted clothes and accessories. Although these items often ended up in the possession of my younger brother, it taught me about the importance of passing on necessities to people who need them. Just because something doesn’t serve your needs anymore, doesn’t mean that it can’t be valuable to someone else. These things have the potential...

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