ST THOMAS – This morning, community leaders and volunteers were on hand at the St. Thomas Pentecostal Assembly to announce funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the ‘Bridges Out of Poverty’ initiative.

The ‘Bridges Out of Poverty’ project represents a collaborative effort by a number of area organizations to expand the social capital for those living in chronic poverty.  By building relationships in the community that reach across income levels and class lines, the program intends to foster a supportive environment to address the systemic barriers that keep families in poverty.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has agreed to provide $114,700 in funding over 36 months to help implement the program.  The YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin spearheaded the funding application process and will collaborate with the Elgin Oxford Legal Clinic, the Canadian Mental Health Association – Elgin Branch, the Central Community Health Centre, and St. Thomas-Elgin Ontario Works on the implementation and administration of the program.


“On behalf of the community coalition, I would like to express our delight and appreciation for this funding.  This project is a true collaboration with many partners and this three year grant will enable us to move forward on bringing the Bridges Out of Poverty model and philosophy to Elgin County.” – Marla Champion, Executive Director for TWCA St. Thomas-Elgin

“It is inspiring to see this level of collaboration and dedication for this project.  A strong community is one that enables all its members to reach their full potential and this project will ensure that.  I’m excited about the Bridges Out of Poverty’s goals and look forward to following its progress over the next few years.” – Jeff Yurek, MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London

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