REALTOR® Members of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) understand the importance of contributing to communities. TREB Members have supported many charitable causes of their own, but have also made contributions through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation by donating $1 per Member per month for the past seven years.
"On its own, a dollar can't do much, but collectively, our donations to date have totalled $2.9 million and have benefited over 60 shelter-related charities across the GTA," said TREB President Mark McLean.
Covenant House is Canada's largest homeless youth agency, educating and advocating for change to help at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth. The organization accomplishes its mission by influencing public policy and delivering prevention and awareness programs.
Did you know that there is an estimated 10,000 homeless youth in Toronto during any given year and an estimated 2,000 during any given night? Or that the mortality rate for homeless youth is estimated at 40 per cent higher than that for housed youth? Plus, 65 per cent of homeless youth have failed to complete high school and 77 per cent are unemployed. Covenant House plays a key role in ensuring homeless youth get off the streets and move toward a brighter future.
The organization has been operating for 33 years and supports homeless youth ranging in age from 16 to 24 years and hailing from Toronto, across Ontario and Canada, and even from around the world. It operates a crisis shelter with 94 beds while also providing the widest range of services and support under one roof that at-risk youth need to move forward with their life, including employment programs, education, crisis intervention, counselling, runaway prevention, drop-in programs, and healthcare at their onsite medical clinic.
Since its institution, the charity has helped over 90,000 young people move from a life on the street to a life with a future. Eighty per cent of the dollars spent by Covenant House come from donations. In the past seven years, donations to Covenant House by TREB through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation have helped 250 young people move forward with their lives. And, as Covenant House Executive Director Bruce Rivers says of TREB's contributions, "we couldn't do what we do without you."
TREB is proud to support shelter-based charitable organizations like Covenant House, and we invite you to check out our YouTube video on Covenant House.
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