CUISR Brown Bag Lunch Presentation - YXE Connects 2015: A Research Report

Bring your lunch and join us:

Presentation: YXE Connects 2015: A Research Report

Guest Speakers: Ryan Jimmy, MEd student and CUISR research intern, and Isobel Findlay, CUISR University Co-Director

Thursday, September 24, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Room 308
Community Service Village
506 25th Street East

Organizations such as City Centre Church, Connect Church YXE, The Lighthouse, the United Way of Saskatoon and Area, Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre, Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership, Saskatoon Health Region, and Saskatoon Regional Intersectoral Committee partnered to organize and host in two locations (White Buffalo Youth Lodge and City Centre Church) the city’s first YXE Connects attracting 600 participants from among those most vulnerable to homelessness.

The presentation will report findings from 98 participant surveys: who attended, what they expected and experienced, levels of satisfaction and suggestions for improved planning of future events, service use patterns, barriers people faced, positive community building experiences, and what could be done to make lives better, to help people feel included and valued in society. Housing and shelter supports proved key to addressing issues of isolation and loneliness and to building a safe, inclusive community where those most vulnerable could access safe, affordable, and better housing—and find opportunities to contribute, to address poverty, housing, and mental health concerns.