IMPORTANT NOTE: Services may be impacted in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Please contact agenices or programs listed on this page prior to visiting in person to receive up to date information on their services (eg. wait times, hours of operation etc…).


Contact Details
Office Phone 905-984-4365
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Primary Contact Kelly Graszat, Shelter Coordinator; Phone: 905-984-4365 ext 202; Email:
Primary Executive Michael Lethby, Executive Director
Site Details
Areas Served Niagara Region
Located In Community St Catharines
Address & Map
17 Centre St
St Catharines, ON L2R 3A6
Intersection Niagara St and Geneva St
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) COVID-19: Drop in hours adjusted to 6 pm-7 pm, where youth can take dinner to go. 
Offer support services, programs and resources to at risk youth. Services include: 
* Emergency Shelter: Youth are given access to a bed, showers and meals and also programming including the Steps to Independent Living program, recreation and social activities and cooking programs. Also, offers emergency shelter to victims of human trafficking as well as crisis support and referrals. 
* Drop-in Centre: A place for youth to connect with peers and receive mentoring and support. Youth will have access to meals, phones and Wi-Fi, shower and laundry facilities, crisis counselling and the clothing closet and food cupboard. Youth will also have access to the Steps to Independent Living program and recreational programs. 
* Youth Reconnect: Connects individuals in unstable living conditions with the services they need without them having to leave their home community. Referrals can be made by anyone and a Youth Worker will contact you within 24 hours. 
* After School Programs: In partnership with over 15 different service providers, the RAFT operates six After School Programs for youth. Programs offer free and accessible recreation, leisure and educational opportunities. 
* Youth in Transition: Supports youth, ages 16-24, in their successful transition out of the child welfare system into adulthood. Workers assist help youth to develop and pursue their goals, and will support them to identify access and navigate adult service systems relevant to their specific needs.  
* Eternal Routes: Connects homeless youth unable to live with their parents and Crown wards aging out of foster care with relatives who would be willing to provide the youth with the support they need to transition into adulthood and avoid homelessness. 
* Youth Housing First: Assists youth who are chronically or episodically homeless find independent and permanent housing within their communities. Workers help youth to develop and pursue their goals, and will support them to identify, access and navigate service systems relevant to their specific needs.
Hours General Inquiries Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm * The RAFT Mon-Sun 24 hours * Drop-In Centre Mon-Sun 6 pm-9 pm
Eligibility At risk youth ages 16-24 including victims of human trafficking * After school programs, youth 10-16
Application Call or walk-in for service
Languages English
Fees None
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Parking - Usable; Entrance - Usable, Washroom - Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established June 1994
Funding Donations ; United Way - St Catharines and District ; Community Foundations and Service Clubs
Service Categories Human Trafficking Shelters ; Juvenile/Youth Shelters ~ Boys ; Juvenile/Youth Shelters ~ Girls ; Life Skills Education ~ At Risk Youth ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Youth ; Supportive Housing for Homeless People ; Transitional Housing for Foster Youth ; Youth Centres