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Reaching Home | Employment + Education Centre

Office: 1-613-498-2111 | TTY: 613-498-3123


For youth ages 15-25 experiencing homelessness in Leeds and Grenville.

More than 1/3 of young people who experience homelessness in Canada are from Ontario and most homeless individuals don’t live on the street. More than 80% of Canada’s homeless are improperly housed or on the verge of eviction. Many are sleeping in temporary beds – with friends or relatives, in church basements, in welfare motels, in abandoned buildings and vehicles, and in other sites away from the public eye.

Reaching Home is being implemented by Connect Youth in partnership with the Employment + Education Centre, and RNJ Youth Services to provide youth in Leeds and Grenville with the support and guidance needed to make real and lasting change in their lives. This program gives youth comprehensive wrap-around support that includes life and employability skills.

While in the program, individuals will reside in a furnished apartment for up to 42 days and work with Connect Youth, RNJ Youth Services, and the Employment and Education Centre to find more sustainable housing options, develop life skills, understand and connect with community resources, and connect to employment opportunities and/or education.  

If you or someone you know is a good candidate for Reaching Home-contact Brittany Matthie at Connect Youth-613-246-2092.