CRE in­vests to fight poverty

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

Dur­ing the monthly meet­ing of the Con­fer­ence re­gionale des elus (CRE), held on Septem­ber 18th, the mem­bers con­sented to al­lo­cate $339,193 in fi­nan­cial aid to fight poverty and so­cial ex­clu­sion in the re­gion. “The CRE de l’Estrie is proud to an­nounce these in­vest­ments. Dur­ing con­sul­ta­tions while mak­ing the 2013-2018 strate­gic plan for the Estrie re­gion, com­mu­nity or­ga­niz­ers iden­ti­fied the aim of re­duc­ing poverty and so­cial ex­clu­sion as es­sen­tial,” com­mented the pres­i­dent of the CRE Estrie, Jac­ques De­mers.

The Haut-St. Fran­cois MRC re­ceives a grant of $36,500 to struc­ture bet­ter food bank ser­vices and de­velop col­lab­o­ra­tive agree­ments be­tween com­mu­nity re­sources. The Granit MRC will re­ceive $74,131 to set up the “Ac­corderie du Granit”, a ser­vice ex­change net­work. The Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC will get $99,012 for the “Ecoini­tia­tive, de la terre a l’assi­ette” pro­ject which aims to de­velop a so­cial econ­omy busi­ness that will help peo­ple en­ter the work­place. The Val-Saint-Fran­cois MRC will re­ceive $129,550 for two projects: $37,000 will go to­wards a new ser­vice for fam­i­lies with chil­dren aged be­tween 6 and 12; and $92,550 will be used to de­velop a ser­vice for young adults, the “Cen­tre ed­uca­tive com­mu­nau­taire”.

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