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Raising the Roof to raise money for homeless Veterans

National organizations, Raising the Roof and Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada) are partnering to address homelessness prevention.

Approximately 235,000 Canadians will experience homeless each year. Raising the Roof holds an annual Toque campaign, which raises funds and allows agencies nationwide to raise money to provide essential services and support in their local community.

VETS Canada is partnering on the Raising the Roof Reside Program, where vacant homes and unused properties are renovated for affordable housing for people who are at-risk of homelessness. This initiative will create affordable housing for veterans and their families across the country.

“We are extremely delighted to be partnering with VETS Canada on the Toque Campaign and Reside initiative. Too many Veterans are experiencing homelessness in Canada, and the Reside program will act to provide our Veterans with the affordable and supportive housing they deserve”, said CEO Mike Braithwaite in a press release.

Through this collaboration with the Toque Campaign and the Reside program, VETS Canada will raise funds to secure housing. This will assist with achieving the common goal of helping homeless and at-risk veterans reintegrate into civilian life.

“VETSCanada is excited about this national partnership. Raising the Roof and VETS Canada’svaluesalign on so many levels- we firmly believe that partnering will allow us to reach even more Veterans in crisis/ living homeless to provide life-saving aid,”  says Jim Lowther, VETS  Canada CEO/President.

 

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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