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I am from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada- which is just South of Toronto. Originally when researching food insecurities in my local area I began the search broadly with Ontario before I realized that there are many instances of homelessness and hunger right in my city. Hamilton is home to one of Canada's poorest neighbourhoods: The Beasley Neighbourhood. It has an average per capita annual income of only $6,226. There are many community centres in Beasley to help out those in need. Soup kitchens, drugs, poverty, and homeless shelters are what this neighbourhood is now made up of. It isn't right that our communities can have such a vast difference between "rich" and poor" and all that is dividing us are "neighbourhood boundaries". A community should try and be as equal as possible. Here is an image of the Good Shepherd Centre located in the Beasley Neighbourhood.

Although there are many centres to help people in need, it hasn’t been making a large enough impact on this community. Luckily for the people of Beasley, everyone is trying to pitch in and help. There are many organizations that are attempting to bring this neighbourhood out of poverty. The Beasley Neighbourhood Association is an active member in contributing to this community. They run events, such as the Hamilton Open Streets, event, that raises awareness for this neighbourhood and accepts donations. This association is always looking for more members and if you’re interested in signing up their website is: http://www.ourbeasley.com/
Part of the Beasley Neighbourhood is the Wesley Neighbourhood. This year I went down to the Wesley Centre to help out in the “soup kitchen” and I listened in on the centre’s meetings. I got to learn about the poverty stricken neighbourhood and I also go to know some of the people who lived there. Not everyone who is living in poverty is the stereotypical homeless person. A lot of the people there became homeless because their companies where they were employed did major cuts. The centre provides the following services:
* Hot meals provided Mon - Sat between 12 noon - 1 pm and at 4 pm on Sundays
* Breakfast between 7:00am - 8:00am and evening soup and sandwiches between 7-8pm
* Emergency night shelter provided each evening at 10 pm (rooms open at 8 pm)
* Shower and laundry facilities available as well as personal hygiene items
* Public health nurses, medical practitioners, and various outreach workers are available through the centre
* Staff offer case management, advocacy, support, information and referral services
* Interdenominational worship service at 3:00pm on Sundays
* Programming: Art Cla****, reading room and book exchange, movie night
* Mailing address, message board and telephone
* Employment Centre on-site
* Christmas Day drop-in and dinner
* No charge haircuts
Source: http://www.inform.hamilton.ca/record/HAM2017

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