Across Canada, about 65,000 young people are without a place to call home.
The toques fund grass-roots agencies working to help youth break away from street culture towards a better future. Toques cost $10 each. This year’s goal is to sell 50,000 toques across Canada.
In Toronto, volunteers are selling toques at various TTC stations from 7 until 9 a.m. and from 4 until 6 p.m. Tuesday:
- 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway: Bloor, Eglinton, Finch, Queen’s Park, Spadina, Union;
- 2 Bloor - Danforth subway: Spadina, Yonge.
(Raise the Roof is working with Houselink Community Homes, St. Christopher House and Sherbourne Health Centre to sell these toques at all these stations. In addition, it will also work with Pathways for Children and Youth and Families of York Region at Finch.)
In Brampton and Mississauga, you can buy toques at Clarkson and Bramalea GO Stations, Tuesday. (These sales help support Our Place Peel.)
Meanwhile, the St. Catharines Transit Commission is selling toques at the information counter in the Downtown Transit Terminal on Carlisle Street, while quantities last. (These toque sales help Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.)
And, if you wear your toque when you board any SCTC bus in St. Catharines or Thorold, you get to ride free anytime Tuesday!
Past campaign sales have allowed Raising the Roof to grant almost $3.3 million to 145 local community agencies serving the homeless across the country. Eighty percent of the net proceeds from the campaign benefits grassroots community partner agencies that help homeless people in cities and towns across Canada. The remaining 20 percent supports Raising the Roof’s national homeless initiatives, including the Youthworks program, which aims to find long-term solutions to youth homelessness.
What difference can a toque make? By buying a single toque, you can support a young person with a bus pass or clothing for a young person’s first job interview. The funds from ten toques can provide supportive housing for a young person for a week, allowing him or her to learn essential life skills and start to break away from street culture. 200 toques would let a young person go back to school for a year or enroll in an apprenticeship program for two months to learn even more skills.