The Facts

 

Fig. 1

Cooking Has Therapeutic Benefits

"Cooking has therapeutic value physically, cognitively, socially and interpersonally. Physically, cooking requires good movement in shoulders, fingers, wrists, elbow, neck, as well as good overall balance. Adequate muscle strength is needed in upper limbs for lifting, mixing, cutting and chopping. Furthermore, sensory awareness is important in considering safety while dealing with hot and sharp objects.” This is the therapeutic value noted by the Wall Street Journal. CHECK IT OUT.

 

Fig. 2

Access to Training and Employment Decreases Homelessness

Inadequate income, employment and education are well documented as causes of and contributing factors to people cycling in and out of homelessness. However, on the flip side they also create possibilities for moving from homelessness to housing. CHECK IT OUT

 

Fig. 3

Decent Meals Save Lives And Improve Conviviality.

"Anecdotal evidence from program and housing staff suggests that when healthy meals are provided, there are a number of benefits," For example, when the food provided at the Lifeskills Centre was improved from pastries to full meals (breakfast and lunch), staff reported that residents were more attentive and less aggressive, which reduced the amount of time they had to devote to intervening in conflicts. CHECK IT OUT.

 

Summary

Access to healthy food, meaningful work and education, are some of the greatest predictors of health, wellness, and labour force participation.  Our community needs to support people in order for them to achieve personal success. This requires housing stability, programming like ours, and other ongoing supports.

In order to enhance labour force participation, people need access to training and employment. For those lacking in work readiness skills, access to training (including apprenticeships) should be facilitated based on needs. Sustainable employment is necessarily dependent upon having stable housing, food security, and ongoing support from the community.