WALK IN MY SHOES 2018
I know you will agree with me that everyone needs a place to call home. A home is a place that lightens our hearts and gives us comfort to resort to at the end of a challenging day, however this is not the reality of the estimated 2000 young people homeless on the streets of the GTA nightly. As it currently stands Brampton ON has no long term supports or transitional housing for youth faced with homelessness. According to research conducted by organizations such as United Way Peel in 2016, the rates of youth homelessness in these cities are at crisis levels (source:https://www.mississauga.com/opinion-story/6560673-stunning-statistics-drive-need-to-help-peel-s-homeless-youth/).
The vision of R.E.S.T. is to reduce the rate of homelessness among youth leaving foster care.
Our mission is the establishment of a system that permanently helps youth get off the streets, from intake, mentoring and training, to reintegration and transition to independent living.
The Bridge of Hope program is a crucial step in this mission. It is a home-host program based on a partnership between REST Centres and community members, which aids in the provision of housing solutions for youth who would like to live independently in the community but still need mentorship and training to do so.
On September 21, 2019 we are hosting our annual Walk a thon called Walk in My Shoes. This community accessible event will be a gathering of community members and leaders from across the Greater Toronto Area. Proceeds from the event will be going towards our Bridge of Hope Program and to support the cost of the event.
n the City of Brampton. The walk is 5km long starting from (instert location) to (insert location). The day will close with inspirational speakers from the community and special guests who will speak about homelessness.