What Is The Wraparound Supports Program?

Raising the Roof has partnered with trades training programs across Canada to create the Wraparound Support Program. It allows social enterprises, such as Building Up, to expand the support they provide to Canadians at risk of homelessness. Building Up has been able to create an Alumni Program in order to support their graduates beyond the time on their job placement and to refocus their commitment on their long-term apprenticeship journey and career development. Through this program, Raising the Roof ensures that training program participants not only get the trades skills they require for a high paid positions with advancement opportunities in the construction sector, but are fully supported into their career to ensure the cycle of poverty is truly broken.

Wraparound supports include:

  • Training facilities
  • In house counselling
  • Financial management
  • Case management and social worker support
  • Emergency financial support (housing, groceries, utilities)
  • Alumni programming

In 2020

43 At Risk Youth

were supported through our Wraparound Supports Program

Edward's Story

One of the people who benefited from the Wraparound Supports Program was Edward.

Edward was a trainee working with one of our social enterprise contractors, Building Up. Edward was unemployed and on Ontario Works, experiencing suicidality and depression. Through the construction training program, Edward discovered his passion for carpentry. He built his confidence, rising at 4am each morning to be on-site first.

Since graduation, Edward has had stable, well-paying construction work, his mental health has improved, his housing security has improved, and he’s saving to purchase a home. “This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” Edward says, “and I have Building Up to thank for that.”

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