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The Push for Change - Follow-up

Posted Nov 7th, 2016

Coverage of the Push for Change through downtown St. Catharines. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the RAFT and The Push for Change Tuesday, November 1!

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The Push for Change - November 1st, 2016

The Push for Change - November 1st, 2016

Posted Oct 19th, 2016 in Events

Join Joe for a 4KM walk in support of The RAFT on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 from 11:45am - 2pm. Starting in downtown St. Catharines and ending at 240 Geneva St. The goal is to raise awareness and funds to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness. If Joe can walk 9,000 kilometres - can you walk 4?

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Family Finding Model Intensive Boot Camp

Posted Apr 15th, 2016

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a Family Finding Conference during the month of February. Held by the Children’s Aid Society of Oxford County, located in Woodstock Ontario, it was a week-long training termed “boot camp”. We were incredibly lucky to have Kevin Campbell, an internationally known youth permanency expert, founder of the Center for Family Finding and Youth Connectedness and developer of the Family Finding model instructing us.

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Homelessness Survey Conducted in Niagara

Posted Apr 6th, 2016

The RAFT's Jessie Rive took part in conducting a major homelessness survey throughout the Niagara region on Tuesday April 5. A team of about 90 volunteers set out to count the number of homeless individuals living on the street or in the shelter system to get a clearer picture of the homeless population of Niagara.

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Board Chair's Annual Report 2015

Posted Feb 25th, 2016

“A stitch in time saves nine” “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, we’ve all heard these idioms and their meaning is clear, it’s easier to fix something before its broken than to fix it afterwards. What’s not clear and often goes unappreciated is that knowing where the stitch goes, and knowing what can prevent the ailment. This often requires a greater understanding of the problem than treating the symptoms.

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Executive Director’s Annual Report 2015

Posted Feb 16th, 2016

Over twenty years ago the RAFT began offering services to youth through its drop-in centre. A small group of concerned people decided that they would make a difference in the lives of a few young people. They determined that young people shouldn’t have to live outside either physically or emotionally.

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Exploring Effective Systems Responses to Homelessness - Book Release

Exploring Effective Systems Responses to Homelessness - Book Release

Posted Feb 9th, 2016

The Homeless Hub has just published an E-book, Exploring Effective Systems Responses to Homelessness, which can be found and downloaded here http://homelesshub.ca/systemsresponses.

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All Kids Can Be and More

Posted Nov 25th, 2015

Every year, United Way invests in different priority areas that strengthen our community. In 2015, one of their priority areas was All That Kids Can Be. The initiative funds programs for children and youth age 21 and younger and is designed to encourage children and youth to reach their full potential.

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Youth Reconnect - Sarah's Story

Posted Nov 20th, 2015

Traditionally, access to supports and services is difficult in rural and lightly populated areas. Niagara’s layout often forced youth to relocate to receive the proper services. Through the RAFT’s Youth Reconnect program, our workers can bring services and supports to a youth in their home community anywhere in the Niagara region. More importantly, youth can remain with their peer support group of friends and family while attending the school they grew up in. Let us tell you a story...

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The RAFT Social Impact Bond Pilot - Update

Posted Nov 16th, 2015

Ontario is moving forward with it's Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). The RAFT was one of four organizations selected to run a pilot project based on their SIB idea.

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The Push for Change - Follow-up

Nov 7th, 2016

Coverage of the Push for Change through downtown St. Catharines. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the RAFT and The Push for Change Tuesday, November 1!

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