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11 04, 2016

Homelessness can be solved, Blue Door Shelter director says

April 11th, 2016|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Download the print-friendly PDF here. Reporter: Chris Simon Newmarket Era | Apr 08, 2016 An anti-poverty strategy that is gaining traction in other jurisdictions may be the key to solving local homelessness, says the executive director of Blue Door Shelters. Radha Bhardwaj, who runs the East Gwillimbury-based shelter for homeless or at-risk people, was pushing for a greater exploration of the Housing First initiative for York Region, during a presentation at the Newmarket Public Library Sunday. Basically, Housing First focuses on quickly finding independent and permanent housing for homeless people, then providing additional social supports and services as needed. It [...]

22 10, 2014

York Region Youth Shelter celebrates ‘new look’ with open house

October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Articles, Updates|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Read the full article at United Way Toronto & York Region. Download the print-friendly PDF here. On August 14th, representatives from United Way York Region joined community partners, and staff of York Region Youth Shelter as they collectively celebrated International Youth Day by unveiling the shelter’s newly renovated space. “York Region Youth Shelter is located in a building that is around 100 years old,” states Alex Cheng, Shelter Manager, York Region Youth Shelter, Blue Door Shelters. “Our kitchen desperately needed some updates when it came to flooring, and for the convenience of our residents, the common room needed a sink [...]

14 05, 2014

Social service workers honoured at Bhayana Family Foundation Awards

May 14th, 2014|Categories: Articles, Updates|Tags: , , , , , , |

Read the full article at yorkregion.com. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Frontline York Region social service workers were recognized for their dedicated efforts at the second annual Bhayana Family Foundation Awards in Vaughan Friday. Three outstanding individuals and one team from United Way York Region partner agencies were honoured at Vaughan City Hall. The foundation identifies and awards social service workers for their dedication, innovation and creativity, leadership, and team achievement. Each winner received a cash prize of $1,000, made possible thanks to the generosity of Madan and Raksha M. Bhayana. The foundation has sponsored these awards with United Way [...]