United by Compassion Series: J.E.C. Program

At United Way Halifax, our work is all about connection. And it has never mattered more.

During the height of the pandemic, there was a rapid release of people from provincial prisons. Many didn’t have a plan or a place to go. With United Way’s support, three local non-profits responded to this crisis together through an emergency housing program called J.E.C. (John Howard Society, Elizabeth Fry Society, Coverdale Courtwork Society). It’s an example of what we can achieve when we work together.

“With the help of United Way, we’re able to provide second chances.”

Matthew Burt, Transition Worker, The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia

Poverty and isolation are risks for people of all ages, from any background or neighbourhood, but we know based on research compiled for Building Poverty Solutions that some folks in HRM are at higher risk of experiencing poverty, because they have been underserved and underrepresented in our economy and society for so long. For example, persons who are Indigenous, Black, 2SLGBTQIA+, or living with disabilities or addictions often face barriers and inequities that are systemic, unavoidable, and beyond their control.

United Way Halifax invests in changes and solutions that help marginalized people overcome these barriers and access what they need.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution. When you donate to the United Way Community Fund, you are powering a large network of supports – including The John Howard Society of Nova Scotia and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia. Your donation provides belonging, hope, dignity, and connection to those who need it most.

Together, we are #UnitedByCompassion.