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RAFT Donors’ 2020 Tax Receipts

RAFT Donors’ 2020 Tax Receipts

Posted Feb 4th, 2021

Attention RAFT Donors! Your charitable donation tax receipt is now ready to be downloaded.

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The Orange Door Project & The RAFT

The Orange Door Project & The RAFT

Posted Dec 1st, 2020

We’ve partnered with The Home Depot Canada Foundation to help raise funds for our community! And you can help too!

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Check Out YourTV's Feature on The RAFT

Posted Jun 18th, 2019

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Celebrating 25 years as a shelter and life-builder for young people in Niagara

Posted Jun 18th, 2019

Founding Members of the RAFT Board Celebrating day one with a commemorative cake

Bob Waite gets how a young person’s fate can be direct...

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RAFT Featured in CBC Documentary - Next of Kin

Posted Nov 13th, 2018

The Eternal Routes program of the RAFT was featured in the CBC Docs POV documentary Next of Kin.  You can view the documentary at https://www.cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/episodes/next-of-kin

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How The Home Depot Canada Foundation is helping put an end to youth homelessness with “Paper Doors”

How The Home Depot Canada Foundation is helping put an end to youth homelessness with “Paper Doors”

Posted Jun 7th, 2017

One component of The Orange Door Project is The Home Depot’s national fundraising campaign. From now until July 2, The Home Depot customers can buy a $2 paper door in support of a local youth-focused housing charity.

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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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RAFT Donors’ 2020 Tax Receipts

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Attention RAFT Donors! Your charitable donation tax receipt is now ready to be downloaded.

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