This morning I took part in the announcement of the STEPS program – a new program run by Wyndham House to give marginalized and at-risk youth access to sports and recreation activities. The program will serve all at-risk youth in our community.
The Province of Ontario is providing almost $50,000 for the program, and employees of The Co-operators have donated $42,000 they raised through a charity golf tournament.
This program builds on the excellent partnership the City already has with Wyndham House to run the Youth Emergency Shelter at 18 Norwich St. When the City stepped in to address the lack of housing for at-risk youth a few years ago, we knew we would need a partner, because we are not in the business of running youth shelters. We found an excellent partner in Wyndham House. We focus on what we do well as a City – renovating a building to create the shelter, providing the building and maintaining it. Wyndham House runs the shelter. We collaborate on initiatives like the STEPS program.
Our partnership – and innovative programs like STEPS – are examples of a collaborative approach to service delivery, which is one of the goals of the Community Well Being Plan and Complete Community vision.