Right now, Waterloo Region's homeless need our help more than ever before. While life as we know it has changed drastically, the fight continues for our community’s most vulnerable and the frontline workers that serve them.
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, our partner beneficiaries in Waterloo Region have faced a number of increasing costs including additional staffing to help support the shelters high volume of guests, sanitation costs due to the increased scope and frequency of cleaning, personal protective equipment (PPE) to help keep their front-line staff protected and vulnerable residents safe and higher food supply costs as a result of more and more Canadians utilizing the system.
Funds will support Lutherwood’s Safe Haven Shelter which is a 10 bed shelter for vulnerable youth between the ages of 12 and 18. HHTH ensures they are able to maintain staffing to support youth accessing services including life and social skills programming. Youth are provided with their basic needs, and discharge/housing plan which may include reintegration into their family unit, independent living, or supportive housing options.
Hockey Helps the Homeless’ support is critical to helping men exit the cycle of homelessness for good by ensuring they have a safe place to sleep and stay 24/7. With 70% of these men having acute physical, mental and addiction health needs, and 80% carrying the effects of childhood trauma and acquired brain injuries, they also receive health care and housing supports onsite, allowing them to become healthier and housed.
Thanks to you, oneRoof Youth Services operates a youth specific (ages 16-25) shelter with 17 co-ed shelter beds, providing for the safety, security, and well-being of the most vulnerable population. Not only do they provide beds, but also live skills development, basic necessities, intensive care management, crisis management, family mediation, support, advocacy, and goal setting.
With your help, the YW Emergency Shelter will continue to operate their 66-bed shelter for homeless women and families. They provide basic necessities, advocacy, information, referrals, and much more to longer-term community supports and services to approximately 400 women and 200 children every year.
Cambridge Shelter Corporation, The Bridges, provides emergency shelter, supportive housing and other programs and services to individuals experiencing homelessness in Waterloo Region. Working cooperatively with other regional shelters and community agencies, we strive to ensure that everyone has safe, affordable, accessible housing.