The YMCA of Greater Saint John, along with other community groups, has been working to reduce poverty in the city of Saint John for more than 10 years. And thanks to a passionate and driven team, the city is beginning to see positive change. YMCA Early Learning Programs are now being offered in four of the five priority neighbourhoods in the city, and a new model for After-School Care delivery is being reviewed. More than 3,000 people are supported through YMCA Strong Kids each year. And through the YMCA Newcomer Connections Centre the community welcomed more than 500 newcomers in 2016 alone.
In September, Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced that Saint John was one of six Canadian cities to take part in a National Anti-Poverty Strategy. “The Tackling Poverty Together Project will consist of six extensive case studies across Canada, which will help us better understand the impact of poverty reduction programs in communities that have identified poverty as an important issue,” said Duclos. Wayne Long, MP for Saint John–Rothesay was also at the event, and explained how the YMCA of Greater Saint John plays a pivotal role in poverty reduction, by sharing what they hear from residents so solutions to the issues faced every day by those with no place to call home can be met head-on.