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Two Years of Shelter Diversion: Learnings and Lessons

Two Years of Shelter Diversion: Learnings and Lessons

Posted Aug 9th, 2021

This report examines the effectiveness of a Centralized Shelter Diversion program in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada between April 2019 and April 2021. The dataset consists of information gathered by a team of Shelter Diversion workers who had 2,643 interactions with 1,181 unique people as they sought access to shelter provided by the RAFT’s Youth Shelter, Southridge Community Church’s Adult Shelter, or the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara’s Nightlight Youth Shelter. The report plots the n...

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The Orange Door Project 2021

The Orange Door Project 2021

Posted Jul 6th, 2021

We’ve partnered with The Home Depot Canada Foundation to help raise funds for Niagara youth! All funds raised at the St. Catharines Home Depot store during the campaign will support the RAFT.

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A Mother's Wish

Posted May 17th, 2021

Sometimes in life, circumstances are totally out of your control and you are left at the mercy of organizations like the RAFT to step in and provide direction.

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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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Two Years of Shelter Diversion: Learnings and Lessons

Aug 9th, 2021

This report examines the effectiveness of a Centralized Shelter Diversion program in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada between April 2019 and April 2021. The dataset consists of information gathered by a team of Shelter Diversion workers who had 2,643 interactions with 1,181 unique people as they sought access to shelter provided by the RAFT’s Youth Shelter, Southridge Community Church’s Adult Shelter, or the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara’s Nightlight Youth Shelter. The report plots the n...

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