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

Get Involved

There are many ways you can get involved with the RAFT. By donating  time, money, and your commitment, you can make a difference in the lives of Niagara youth, one step at a time.

Make an In-kind Donation of Goods or Supplies

The RAFT welcomes in-kind donations. We are always looking for: 

  • healthy snacks
  • prepared meals
  • canned goods to restock our emergency food cupboard
  • office supplies,
  • personal toiletries 
  • winter mitts and gloves
  • socks

We can arrange to pick up the items or they can be dropped off at the RAFT during regular business hours.

Make a Financial Donation

When you make a donation to the RAFT, you will be issued a charitable tax receipt.

Volunteer at the RAFT

Volunteers use their skills, talents and experience to help clients realize a better future. Through the efforts of our volunteers, clients realize that they are valued and worthwhile members of society.

Advocate and Share Your Concerns

In an ideal world, youth should not live on the street. All young people should have a safe home and a caring family. 

We cannot change why youth end up on the street, but we can advocate for at-risk and homeless youth through better prevention programs. 

Talk to your political and community leaders. Ask them what they are doing about homelessness. Get involved.

Your help is greatly appreciated! Find out more

News & Updates

Two Years of Shelter Diversion: Learnings and Lessons

Aug 9th, 2021

This report examines the effectiveness of a Centralized Shelter Diversion program in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada between April 2019 and April 2021. The dataset consists of information gathered by a team of Shelter Diversion workers who had 2,643 interactions with 1,181 unique people as they sought access to shelter provided by the RAFT’s Youth Shelter, Southridge Community Church’s Adult Shelter, or the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara’s Nightlight Youth Shelter. The report plots the n...

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  • I enjoyed cooking group because it teaches us to cook new things we didn't know how to before. The instructor Brian did an amazing job running the program because he made cooking fun. I always look forward to it. It's great to learn how to cook good tasty food when you're on a tight budget.
    - John, Age 20
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