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While we have all become accustomed to many changes during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the newest change at Windsor’s Unemployed Help Centre is a welcome one – a departure from an outdated moniker.

Moving forward the multi-faceted, dynamic non-profit will use the acronym UHC and the tagline ‘Hub of Opportunities’ and will no longer be referenced as the Unemployed Help Centre. Originally founded with the intention of being a resource for laid-off, unemployed autoworkers seeking to obtain meaningful employment, UHC has evolved greatly since 1977 and added a varied complement of services that go beyond strictly employment assistance.

“This is so exciting for us,” said June Muir, chief executive officer of UHC. “For so long now we have been offering 26 programs and services under one roof – that is almost unheard of. And not only that, but we range from basic human services to employment to newcomer assistance and education and training. We truly do offer something for everyone and this change in our brand will help bring that awareness to the community and lift us out of being pigeonholed in just the ‘employment’ category.”

For over 44 years, UHC has been committed to serving the needs of the vulnerable in Windsor and Essex County. The integrated programming offered makes in-house referrals an easy process and eliminates bouncing from agency to agency for clients. It also allows for those served to utilize what is necessary during a transitional period and return for further assistance and guidance as needed.

Longtime president of UHC’s Board of Directors, Gary Parent, hopes the shift in identity helps bring to light the full slate of offerings the centre has available. “When I talk to people about my involvement with UHC and share everything we do for the community, they are absolutely astonished and more than a little surprised,” said Parent. “We want to get the word out that we’re here for everybody so that those who can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the dedicated staff are able to achieve their full potential.”

Muir will be conducting a press conference Friday, May 7 at 10 a.m. where she will offer formal remarks detailing the rebranding of the agency and unveiling the new logo. It will take place at the front entrance of UHC’s centre at 6955 Cantelon Dr. She will be available for media interviews following her scheduled remarks.

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