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Latest News & Information

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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Niagara Resource Service for Youth

The RAFT is operated by the Niagara Resource Service for Youth and helps kids living on the street and those at risk of being on the street learn skills for leading healthy, productive lives.

Through its Neighbourhood Awakening and After School Programs, the RAFT helps young people and local groups make positive changes in their neighbourhoods.

Since the beginning, our community has generously supported the RAFT through both financial and in kind donations.

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