About Unity Project
Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness provides emergency shelter, supportive housing and related services to assist adults and youth of all genders to escape and avoid homelessness. Life skills are embedded in a home-like environment where participatory programming involves participants in personal accountability for cooking, cleaning and day to day maintenance – taking care of themselves, each other and community. Unity Project provides services and supports to over 1000 individuals annually across all programming.
We operate everyday by the values of respect, cooperation, interdependence and compassion. We thrive on the support you give!
Learn more at www.unityproject.ca
About Museum London
Museum London provides for the collection and presentation of visual art and material culture through public and educational programming, special events and exhibitions and strives to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of regional art, culture and history.
The Museum is more than art on walls and artifacts in cases. It’s a conversation starter. A cultural hub. A place where our stories are shared. Museum London is where our community discovers exceptional art, rich history and new possibilities. Your support ensures we can provide a wide variety of free public programming and cultural experiences geared to all ages.
Learn more at www.museumlondon.ca
Collaboration & Partnership
Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Museum London are pleased to announce our partnership in the 9th Annual UPwithART 2019. The fundraiser will be held in Museum London’s new public space, Centre at the Forks, overlooking the Eshkani-ziibi / Thames River.
This new and important partnership represents true collaboration between sectors which have often been divided in the competition for scarce resources. Together, we not only fuel our respective missions, but further strengthen the intersection of arts, culture, and social justice and the role they play in making London a more vibrant city.
Over the years, Museum London has played a significant role among the many points of light that comprise Unity Project’s and UPwithART’s success. 2019 will be the first year of our formalized collaboration – a one year term with opportunity to renew.
The cost of the fundraiser is historically absorbed primarily by the Unity Project, whereas with this new partnership, the costs are shared with the Museum and UPwithART’s reach is expanded as well. Further, our partnership animates the full scope of Museum London’s capacity to help bring diverse audiences together around our shared cause, with opportunity for even greater success than Unity Project could have accomplished on its own.
Our organizations will collaborate and support each other in all facets of the event, each attending to its respective leadership areas and sharing in the proceeds.
Museum London’s share of proceeds will support its children’s and Indigenous programming including camps, classes, and workshops. Museum London seeks to deepen the visitor experience and advance a lively, creative cultural centre that inspires, encourages, and engages the community.
Unity Project’s share of proceeds support its three-year project to adapt Housing First to the emergency shelter context. We aim to transform emergency shelter to go beyond merely meeting basic needs – we will help vulnerable people to end or avoid their experience of homelessness, through shelter diversion, and helping to obtain housing and maintain stability in community.