Connecting Care: Building a Network
“The protocol is not very complicated; it's just a matter of making sure the doors are wide open for people to come into our air-conditioned environment, and making sure water is available at all times.” Matthew Pearce, the CEO of Old Brewery Mission
The Lighthouse Project in Hamilton has been building a network of residents and community stakeholders in the interest of preparing neighbours for the impacts of increasing extreme weather events. This network is newly named as Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW) Hamilton.
A year-long pilot now approaching its end, the network is centered around the Beasley neighbourhood. Beasley has a high population of vulnerable people such as seniors, new immigrants and transient populations who are most likely to be impacted by weather related events. Many of these groups typically have weak social connectedness--and yet research on community resilience points to the critical importance of solid relationships for bounce-back to occur. Much of community resilience is about the strength of social capital and these pre-existing relationships.