Toque Campaign 2023-24

Youth Homelessness Grants

Our annual Toque Campaign benefits front line homelessness prevention programs across the country. These agencies work tirelessly to support people experiencing homelessness and end the cycle of poverty. When you a purchase a toque, you are supporting partner agencies all over Canada.

This year, the 2023-2024 Toque Campaign season, we have a special focus on preventing youth homelessness. 20% of all people experiencing homelessness in Canada. When you prevent a youth from experiencing homelessness or help a youth exit homelessness, you are helping set healthier patterns for the rest of their life.

Raising the Roof is proud to support the organizations indicated on the map below through this year’s Toque Campaign.

We want to give a special thanks our sponsor The Home Depot Canada Foundation for their generous support of our work to end youth homelessness in Canada.

Community Cares

12 North Street, St. Catharines, ON

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YWCA NWT

1456 Gitzel Street, Yellowknife NT

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Pacific Community Resources Society

2780 East Broadway Vancouver, BC

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Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society

9309 109 Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB

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Harvest House Atlantic

108 High Street, Moncton, New Brunswick

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Phoenix Youth Programs

5880 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax

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Safe Haven Foundation of Calgary

7620 Elbow Drive SW Calgary, AB

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Nellie's

754 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4

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Fearless R2W

375 Carlton St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1W9, Canada

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Redwood Park Communities

92 Davidson St, Suite 1, Barrie ON L4N 4Y6

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2023-24 Grant Recipient

Community Care of St Catharines & Thorold

The Housing Help Centre of Community Care St Catharines & Thorold provides homelessness prevention programs across the Niagara Region, with services that include eviction prevention, rapid rehousing and targeted trusteeship. Their prevention programs prioritize those most at risk of chronic homelessness, including but not limited to youth at risk, youth and adults leaving institutions, and people with a history of struggling with homelessness, mental illness, and substance use. The agency has received over 1,500 requests for services since the beginning of 2023.

2023-24 Grant Recipient

Pacific Community Resources Society

PCRS is an award-winning, accredited, not-for-profit society providing quality social services in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia. Since 1984 PCRS has been providing services to youth and families in need and takes a community collaborative approach, partnering with many other services providers.

PCRS youth housing services operates its programs out of two youth hubs located in Surrey and Newton and offer one to one support to youth aged 16-24 to find and secure, safe and affordable housing. Their programs provide one to one support to youth and young adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They provide life skills support and utilize a wrap around model though our other PCRS services such as employment, education, counselling and substance use services.

2023-24 Grant Recipient

Redwood Park Communities

Redwood Park Communities is a Simcoe County-based charity founded in 2009 to create safe, affordable, hopeful housing where people thrive in community. Redwood is moving beyond social service to create social change, strengthening and transforming communities by building homes where people can connect, create, and contribute.

This meets a need in the community that continues to grow as shelters overflow and encampments become commonplace. Waitlists for social housing are long, while as of September 2023, the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Barrie is $1,750.

2023-24 Grant Recipient

Fearless R2W

Fearless R2W is a non profit that serves parents working to reunify with their children and youth aging out of care. They provide opportunities for learning about child welfare in Manitoba, build community and provide advocacy when possible. They are committed to helping youth who are aging out of Child Welfare become self sufficient and self reliant and to help youth aging out of care not be homeless.

2023-24 Grant Recipient

Phoenix Youth Programs

Phoenix is a not for profit, community-based organization located in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Since 1987, with the opening of Phoenix House, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth between the ages of 11 and 24+, their families, and communities across multiple locations in Halifax. Their team of caring professionals recognizes that each person who comes to us has unique needs and personal strengths.

2023-24 Grant Recipient

Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society

Through the operation of Sunrise House at the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society, they provide temporary and transitional shelter to youth ages 12-17 who find themselves without a safe place to turn. Youth come for may reasons – family breakdown, family violence, neglect, mental health, substance abuse, exploitation – and any other reason that for them they do not feel safe to return home. Their primary goal as an agency is to break these cycles of trauma and poverty to put an end to youth homelessness in our region. Sunrise House also provides community based mental health and housing supports to youth up to the age of 24.

2023-24 Grant Recipient

Safe Haven Foundation of Canada

Safe Haven Foundation has been keeping homeless and at-risk girls safe, off the streets and in school for over 22 years in Calgary Alberta. Haven’s Way®, is their innovative, long-term supportive housing program, opened in November 2000.  Their newest initiative, Haven’s Harbour, will provide affordable housing with supports for additional youth, graduating from Haven’s Way and like-minded programs, who are pursuing post-secondary education while learning to live independently.

2023-24 Grant Recipient

YWCA NWT

The YWCA has a 50-year history of providing housing to address urgent needs of women, children and families and for many years has worked to support and house NWT families who are at imminent risk of homelessness or are homeless. Their staff have extensive in-house experiencing delivering programming through a rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention and shelter diversion framework. They have many youth clients who access our programming and provide support to help them avoid falling back into homelessness and assist them toward independent living.

2023-24 Grant Recipient

Harvest House Atlantic

For 26 years, Harvest House Atlantic has lived out its mission of “Connecting people of compassion with people in need to make a difference.” They have been offering an inclusive continuum of care for those struggling with homelessness of all backgrounds, including over 90 youth this past year alone. The only one of its kind in Atlantic Canada, the organization’s team of case workers engage daily with approximately 160 guests to formulate a personalized case plan that will help individuals finding themselves unhoused, struggling with addictions, and lacking basic care to access necessary services.

2023-24 Grant Recipient

Nellie’s

For 50 years Nellie’s has been at the forefront of providing shelter and support for marginalized women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. They are mandated to operate programs and services for women and their children who had or are experiencing violence, poverty, and homelessness. Nellie’s works to lessen homelessness for women and their children whether the cause is family violence, mental health, or any other reason that results in dealing with the impact from trauma. In addition to providing shelter, their programs are designed to reduce the isolation that often comes with abuse.