Reaching Our Outdoor Friends
Reaching Our Outdoor Friends (ROOF) is committed to providing the safety, support, and overall well-being of youth (age 12-25) experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in the Waterloo Region.
In accomplishing our objective of maintaining their health and safety of these individuals, we provide resources and services that will enable them to make positive choices to end the cycle of homelessness.
For more information about programming, please contact our Manager of Services at 519-742-2788 extension 203.
The ROOF program has four fundamentals:
Outreach: Our Outreach Workers are on the streets daily meeting with youth, building rapport, providing for their basic needs, and offering resources that will help them to make positive decisions and to guide them towards ending their homelessness.
Drop-In: Includes, one-on-one support, anger management, hot meals, access to laundry and showers, therapeutic craft/art sessions, life skills training, recreation and special events, substance abuse and prevention programming, and referral support.
Essential Services: meets youth’s basic needs by providing food, hygiene products, locker access, laundry and shower access, medical care and crisis support.
PAR (Providing a Roof): is a 15-bed emergency co-ed shelter for youth aged 16-25 years. Beds are assigned, as available, on a first-come, first-serve basis. All youth residing at PAR set short/long term goals. The youth may remain at PAR as long as their individual circumstances dictate.