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May 30, 2000
Eva's Phoenix Rises to Create New Options for Youth
  
Today, a team of government and private industry leaders helped plant a tree to
celebrate the official opening of Eva's Phoenix, an innovative shelter and
training project for homeless youth.

Attending the ceremony were Mr. Tony Ianno, MP - Trinity-Spadina, Ontario's
Community and Social Services Minister John Baird, Councillor Joe Pantalone
(Trinity Niagara), Mr. Buzz Hargrove, President of the Canadian Auto Workers,
Mr. Dieter Jentsch, Senior Vice President, Toronto Region, Bank of Nova Scotia,
Fern Weinper, President, Board of Directors for Eva's Initiatives and many
other partners of the project.

Eva's Phoenix, a converted warehouse, offers "townhouse-style" living for 50
homeless youth. The youth are also involved in employment training programs
sponsored by the corporate sector and labour partners. After living at Eva's
Phoenix for up to one year, the youth will have the employment and life skills
to make the transition to an independent, self-sufficient life.

The actual building that houses the residents is a testament to the program's
early success. To renovate the warehouse, 49 homeless youth were involved in a
construction training and life-skills program specifically developed for this
project. Eighty-three percent of the youth who graduated found full-time jobs,
and 98 per cent have secured their own housing. Training programs are currently
being designed in a variety of other sectors, including the film and video
industry, the culinary arts and the network cabling industry.

Eva's Phoenix is a joint project with the City of Toronto, which has donated
the building and capital funds, and will cover the facility's operating costs.
Funding has also been received from Human Resources Development Canada (for the
development phase of the project and a youth construction training program),
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation ($600,000 through the Residential
Rehabilitation Assistance Program), the Provincial Ministry of Community and
Social Services ($350,000 through the Homelessness Initiatives Fund), the
Provincial Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities ($180,000 towards
the youth construction training program), The Canadian Auto Workers ($325,000),
Carpenters and Allied Workers - Local 27, the Interior Systems Contractors
Association of Ontario and IBPAT (approximately $45,000). As well, other
companies, individuals and organizations have donated numerous gifts in-kind or
funds.


Media Contact
Maria Crawford
Executive Director, Eva's Initiatives
416-441-1414 ext. 235

 

 

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