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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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RAFT Benefit Concert

Posted Oct 23rd, 2015

Join us on Friday October 30th for the Youth Benefit Music Show hosted by Josh D’Cunha and Mahtay Café! Tickets are $10 at the door with a portion of the proceeds being donated to youth at the Raft.

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Niagara Resource Service for Youth (RAFT) shortlisted for Social Impact Bond pilot

Posted Aug 12th, 2015

The RAFT is one of only four organizations shortlisted from among 83 proposals to participate in piloting and business case validation for the first Social Impact Bond (SIB) in Ontario. If you’re curious about what a Social Impact Bond is you can ask Michael Lethby, Executive Director of RAFT.

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En Français

Posted Aug 7th, 2015 in General

L’agence RAFT profite du financement du Ministère des Services à l'enfance et à la jeunesse et reconnaît l'importance de faciliter l’access au services dans la langue francaise pour leurs members francophone à travers le region du Niagara.

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An Innovative Approach to Solving Youth Homelessness in Rural Canada

An Innovative Approach to Solving Youth Homelessness in Rural Canada

Posted Nov 18th, 2014 in News, General

Six years ago we started offering a youth homelessness prevention program called Youth Reconnect. This was a large undertaking for us as it represented a completely new strategic direction for our services and was being piloted in a largely rural community approximately 50 kilometers away

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