Youth Hostel and drop in resource centre: Open 24/7 - 17 Centre Street, in St. Catharines ( View Map)

  • Phone: (905) 984-4365 / 1-833-984-4365
  • Email: Click here

Community Development - Western Hill

Awakening Neighbourhoods Initiative has been working in St. Catharines over the past year to revitalize stressed neighborhoods by making positive changes.


Through the Community Animator the RAFT is working with individuals in St. Catharines to help build healthy and strong communities.

The RAFT's Community Animator works with local residents, community groups, social agencies and businesses to identify strengths and weaknesses of neighbourhoods.

With this knowledge the Community Animator seeks out potential change. The Animator helps facilitate sustainable community-run initiatives that will strengthen the overall prosperity of the community

For information about community projects happening in the Queenston Street Community, visit our Community Blog.


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Life Unscripted Interview

May 11th, 2022

Our Executive Director Mike Lethby was interviewed by Janice Arnoldi from Life Unscripted. "I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Janice Arnoldi on her show “Life Unscripted” on CKTB. The interview covered the RAFT’s history and our unique and successful service for youth in Niagara." - Mike Lethby, RAFT Executive Director

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