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Low income mothers supported through pandemic emergency funding

Think selflessly like a mother. She wants to help not just her own family, but all those on low income trying to keep up with food, hygiene, housing and other essentials for their families. That’s been particularly tough during economic downturn and restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Respond Like a Mother” is a program to help all those moms and their families who need a hand up, brought to Delta by Mamas for Mamas of Metro Vancouver. The Delta Foundation has provided $30,000 to Mamas for Mamas to support that program.

Women and children escaping domestic violence supported through pandemic emergency funding

W I N G S Fellowship Ministries provides women and children in need, the opportunity to gain strength and live according to their worth. For women and their children who are victims of domestic violence, WINGS provides safe, warm, friendly, caring environments through housing and support services. The charity allows its clients to work through various stages of well-being, from crisis to long-term stability by providing a full range of support services. It provides a safe and supportive environment so that clients have the opportunity to hear about and understand their unique value and worth and begin to experience the potential this can mean in their lives. During the “COVID-19 Mental Health and Well Being Project” WINGS is providing clients assistance with the self help tools to support mental well being and a way to reduce their contact with other people with help from the Delta Foundation, which has provided the charity with $18,000 in emergency funding.

Adults with mental illness trying to find a job and some stability supported through pandemic emergency funding

For people living with mental illness and with low income, sometimes poverty, Options Community Services help them help themselves and, in turn, promotes safe, healthy, vibrant communities. At the Delta clubhouse, Options provides psychosocial rehabilitation programs related to employment, leisure, basic living skills and wellness. It focuses on participants’ strengths and emphasizes a person’s potential for recovery — recovery as a personal journey rather than a set outcome, developing hope, a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion, coping skills and meaning. The “Ready to Work (R2W)” project aims to reduce barriers in finding employment post-COVID-19 for those of age 19 years and older by increasing employability among clients experiencing mental illness. Delta Foundation has provided $8,000 in emergency funding to the Options Ready to Work project.

Homeless benefit from COVID-19 emergency fund

Homeless people in the community needing a little extra during the coming months ahead and into the Fall will receive gift cards, food and help if they come to the door of the Ladner United Church and Delta’s Emergency Response Shelter with the help of a $1,000 Covid19 Relief Grant from the Delta Foundation, Delta’s community foundation.

Food Bank support from the O’Keeffe family

The O’Keeffe Family Fund and Sandra O’Keeffe have donated $2,508 to the South Delta Food Bank through the Delta Foundation. The Food Bank, which has experienced increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of five causes supported by the O’Keeffe family.

Single moms get a hand up on Mother’s Day with help from Neighbourhood Small Grants

Single mothers were the focus of a Mother’s Day 2020 campaign by Mamas for Mamas to provide food to families when finances were tight and for those who did not want to leave their homes with children with auto immune disorders. A Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Delta Foundation, with funding from the Vancouver Foundation, helped stretch this support even further.

South Delta Food Bank receives support in hard times

South Delta Food Bank helps provide supplemental support in the way of groceries to 80 individuals and families dealing with short or long term poverty. It has experienced increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Food Bank has received $2,000 from the Delta Foundation to help continue supporting those in our community who need food for themselves and their families.

Small grants for neighourhoods … at a social distance

Last year Delta Foundation offered funding support up to $500 to groups of Delta residents to get together for shared projects or just to socialize near their homes with the Neighbourhood Small Grants. With matching funds from the Vancouver Foundation and administrative support of the City of Delta the program funded 17 projects over the summer months. This year, given social distancing and other measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, a similar program is now offered to residents throughout Delta as the “Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants (R-NSG)” program. As before, this new grant stream will support small scale community projects to build community strength and resilience, foster community creativity and wellbeing, and tackle social isolation. This year, however, the program will follow new social/physical distancing guidelines.

Spring Swap with Neighbourhood Small Grant

Household items and clothing were the “currency” among families and neighbours in a Delta neighbourhood at a May 4, 2019 Spring Swap. The swap ran from 10 am to 2 pm with no limits on the number of items each person could take home or on the people who were welcome to attend. A Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Delta Foundation, through funding from the Vancouver Foundation, covered hospitality and other expenses.