Everybody wants to belong. But belonging isn’t everyone’s experience in Waterloo Region. What if it were? Imagine a world where everyone feels part of a supportive community. Now imagine that you have the ability to help make that happen.
In Carizon’s community services programs, we strengthen vulnerable communities by walking alongside the people who live in them – listening and supporting them, and helping them heal, grow and thrive.
We listen to Mara, Jace and Gena in our Girls’ Group. Here they share the challenges they face as new Canadians growing up in our region and their everyday concerns as teenagers. We support these girls (and many others) in a safe space, and encourage them to talk to us and to each other. We help them see their many talents and how they can use those talents to grow and become all that they can be.
We notice the changes in Jake. Jake struggles with managing his emotions and has violent outbursts that cause him trouble at school, at home and with his friends. Recently, he became upset at our youth group. This time we saw him use the skills he learned in our group – he recognized his anger, took a deep breath and began to calm himself down. He removed himself from the group for a few minutes and realized that his hunger was contributing to his emotional outburst. Jake’s new inner strength and awareness puts him on a path where he can build stronger friendships and be successful in school.
We celebrate… a lot! Regular potlucks and summer barbeques at our community centres are joyful events. At the heart of our work is building connections. We create opportunities to develop friendships, and to identify skills and knowledge within the neighbourhoods so the people who live, work and socialize there can influence and make the changes they know will make a difference to them.
You can help Mara, Jace, Gena, Jake and others like them in vulnerable communities by giving to Carizon’s services and programs this holiday season. Imagine a world where everyone feels they belong, and feels heard and valued. We don’t have to imagine; we can make it happen. What an amazing gift you will give to these families with your support.