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Learning to buy healthy food on a budget

I have recently been walking youth from ROP to stores in Chinatown to education them about how to save money when shopping.  I went to Sunrise Market with a youth one week.  As we walked there she spoke about having done research into what foods were beneficial for her skin, her hair and her overall well being.  The youth was excited to see what food she would find at the market.

We walked around Sunrise for a long time comparing fruits, vegetables and prices.  The youth and I spoke about the items in her basket and how she would use them for healthy snacks and salads.  The youth was concerned whether the purchase would be within her budget.

At the check out the staff member announced the total to the youth as $17.00.  The youth was shocked and asked the staff member if this was correct, which it was.  The smile on the youth’s face was really great to see.  As we walked back home to ROP she spoke about how she did know she could buy so much healthy food for so little money.  She literally had 3 bags full of groceries.

That afternoon the youth posted pictures of herself on her Facebook page and was asking her friends to try and guess how much she had spent.  She was very proud of herself, her new shopping skills and her improved budget.

Overall it was a really educational and fun outing.  Supported life skills activities are crucial within our program, as they assist youth in learning how to provide for themselves and in turn growing into independent young people.

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Online Donations Page Under Construction July 10th 11:00am - 1:00pm

Please be aware that our online donations page is undergoing an update on July 10th from approximately 11:00am to 1:00pm in order to provide you with an easier online donation experience. We will be unable to process online donations for a few hours and it may take us a couple of days to get everything in perfect order. We thank you for your patience at this time, if you want to make a donation or have any questions you can call us at 604-638-GIFT(4438) or pop back tommorrow to make an online gift.

Once again thank you for your support & patience.
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Intact – making a difference in the lives of our youth

We were fortunate to receive a gift of $25,000 for our Independent Living Program from the Intact Foundation this past week. This innovative program exists to serve our youth by assisting them in finding safe and affordable housing. In addition, our staff teaches them the life skills that are needed to maintain their housing such as managing relationships with landlords, cooking and cleaning in their apartments, and self-advocating based on their rights as tenants. Whatever our youth need, our staff are there for them – offering support and guidance.
 
Intact Foundation funds endeavours that foster vibrant Canadian communities by encouraging independence and strength-of-mind among youth at-risk. They also support communities in preparing for long-lasting changes in weather patterns by funding organizations that focus on climate change adaptation. Last year, the Foundation donated approximately $3.8 million to charities and organizations that have helped make Intact's communities a better place to live. An alternative sentence can be: Since 2003, more than $18 million has been donated to charitable organizations to help improve the lives of Canadians from coast to coast.
 
Thank you to everyone at Intact for helping to make our Independent Living Program such a success, year after year.

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