About My City: Abbotsford
Two groups demonstrate particularly high levels of need in Abbotsford:
1. Single parents
Single mothers report the lowest incomes for lone parent families in Abbotsford;
They represent our best opportunity to have a positive impact on intergenerational poverty;
The median income for female-headed lone-parent families in 2006 was $31,502 compared to the median income for all census families of $52,097.
2. Immigrant families
Of all 33 large urban centres in Canada, Abbotsford is home to the third highest proportion of foreign-born populations;
We are concerned that this group is developing its own “life cycle of poverty”.
About My Organization: Vibrant Abbotsford
Vibrant Abbotsford focuses on areas that will contribute to moving people from poverty, including:
employment and entrepreneurship
education and personal development
financial assets building
Concentration on these areas allows Vibrant Abbotsford to frame activities in a coordinated, targeted way, with the ultimate goal of building a more vibrant Abbotsford!
Vibrant Abbotsford collaborates with existing poverty reduction efforts while also developing new approaches, which include activities that:
shift local attitudes towards poverty and community, including 'us and them' stances
build local understanding of poverty
remove policy and other barriers that keep people in poverty
assist local citizens to build financial, physical, and social assets
improve Abbotsford's economic base
enhance connections between people
help all residents to feel included in Abbotsford life.
My Collaborative: Vibrant Abbotsford
As a collaborative group, Vibrant Abbotsford works with a variety of partners, including all levels of government, social and voluntary organizations, faith-based organizations, local businesses, funders, and the people of Abbotsford