According to The Homelessness Partnering Secretariat (HPS), between 150,000 and 300,000 individuals experience homelessness in Canada each year. Young people who are homeless (ages 13-24) make up approximately 20 percent of the homeless population in Canada. Recent studies show that 63 percent of these homeless youth reported leaving home due to childhood trauma and abuse.
Across Canada, numerous charitable organisations work tirelessly to bridge the gap for Canada’s homeless. Across every province, homeless missions run by a variety of religious denominations offer food, clothing and shelter to the homeless in times of crisis.
The Rapid Relief Team humbly supports the noble efforts of Canada’s homeless missions with catered lunches and dinners – along with necessary supplies for the homeless. Below are a couple of examples of the many homeless missions that RRT support.
Toronto RRT Supports Youth Without Shelter
Youth Without Shelter in Etobicoke is one of only seven shelters serving the 900 – 2,000 homeless youth in Toronto. The Rapid Relief Team from Toronto used one of the RRT purpose-built cooking trailers, to provide a BBQ Experience for the youth at this Shelter.
Calgary RRT Served a Dinner at the Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed has been operating in Calgary for over 30 years. The Christian operation offers education and employment programs, health and wellness services, and other basic needs including housing and spiritual care for almost 400 homeless and less fortunate citizens of Calgary. Calgary Rapid Relief Team had the privilege of serving a meal to the homeless and vulnerable guests of The Mustard Seed before they transitioned from the day shelter to the shelter where they would sleep for the night.
Galt RRT Supports The Cambridge Urban Hope Centre
Galt RRT welcomed homeless guests at the Urban Hope Centre in Cambridge with hot drinks, muffins, and a warm smile! They were then served a delicious hamburger meal with all the toppings, fresh veggies, and chips and dip. For dessert they were served fresh fruit and cookies. Over 100 meals were given out that day to very thankful recipients!