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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RAFT Featured in CBC Documentary - Next of Kin

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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  • The budgeting program is a great for helping people plan a budget for when they are living on their own. They take the time to listen to what kinds of things people need to put in a budget, and they explain how to spend within a specific budget, and save money by using coupons. They also showed us how to save for college! These guys are perfect.
    - Sierra, Age 17
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