Gordon Brown is now a community hero, thanks to a network of United Way agencies that helped him overcome homelessness, addiction and unemployment.
For nearly 25 years, Gordon Brown battled homelessness, unemployment and addiction. But, for even longer, United Way—with the support of donors like you—has been committed to building a strong and responsive community-services sector, ensuring that help is available right when it’s needed.
Because of generosity like yours, Gordon finally turned his life around for good. Today, he’s an admired member of his community, employed full-time teaching kids to cook, and celebrating 10 years as a United Way volunteer.
Kwame McKenzie is the CEO of the Wellesley Institute, a Toronto-based non-profit research and policy institute that focuses on advancing population health. Also a CAMH psychiatrist, he’s a leading expert on the social causes of mental illness and making our health system more equitable. United Way spoke with Kwame for our ‘Ask the Expert’ series to learn how health and poverty are related.
1. Is there a connection between income and our health?
There’s a strong link between income and health. But, it’s not just about the amount of money you make and what you can buy, it’s what your whole […]