Youth homelessness in Ottawa: the most at-risk people in the capital

When people think of what a homeless person looks like, a child doesn’t usually come to mind. A large number of homeless Canadians are children and young adults. With the winter fast approaching, many are looking for a way to escape the cold.  Last year, there were 844 youth using shelters in Ottawa. Compared to adult homelessness in the capital, 1,352 male and female adults over the age of 50 used shelters, according to Kaite Burkholder Harris, director of A Way Home Ottawa, an organization whose goal it is to prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada. “We don’t really have a sense of the bigger number, because there’s not that many youth shelters,” she said. “There’s many young people […]

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Carleton student launches FoodWorks delivery service

A Carleton student has launched a new mobile food delivery program called FoodWorks that supports at-risk youth in the Ottawa area. Founder and operator Reem Buhaisi said his program has two main benefits. “We’re here to provide seniors and people with a disability with an essential service, which is providing them with home-cooked meals,” Buhaisi said. “At the same time, we’re here to employ and train our youth who use our programs so that they’re able to get out into the work force.” This social enterprise is an initiative of Operation Come Home, a non-profit organization in downtown Ottawa dedicated to educating, supporting, and employing at-risk youth in the community. “What’s great with us is that we want to break […]

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