Raised:
$4,040
20%Goal:
$20,000

Homes for Heroes

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What moves you? Join us on October 2, 2021 for the Ride for Refuge, a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraiser that supports charities who provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable, and exploited people everywhere.

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About Homes for Heroes

Our mission is to provide a caring and comprehensive solution to homelessness among Canada’s veterans. We are building unique, affordable and innovative urban villages to house veterans during their transition back to civilian life; and, providing full-service, wrap-around programming that will deliver the resources, training and counselling necessary to ensure their success on this journey – enabling them to achieve the goal of living independently in the long term. The design of our Villages is deliberate and is intended to maximize a sense of community, teamwork and peer-to-peer support. This approach was developed in direct consultation with our Canadian Veterans – it is a program developed by Veterans for Veterans and reflects their unique strengths, weaknesses, experiences, social norms, needs and aspirations. These factors, taken together, suggest that Veterans need, and deserve, an approach to homelessness that varies from other homeless populations.


Housing consists of villages of 20 “tiny” homes arranged in an inward-facing, “barracks format” to facilitate peer-to-peer support. But our Villages don’t look like a “barracks” – they are attractive communities, set in a park-like atmosphere. They provide a positive contribution to the host community while creating a sense of pride, identity and ownership among their residents. Each Village will also incorporate a central resource centre, a counselling office, and community garden.


Each home is under 300 square feet in size but fully equipped with all the features of a larger home. “Tiny homes” aren’t just trendy, they are the perfect platform for someone transitioning from living rough: a safe, private, self-contained space in which to keep their belongings, attend to their needs and start on the path to recovery within a community of their peers.


But housing is just the first step, and not an adequate solution by itself. Once housed, we provide our resident Veterans with a customized program of resources, training and counselling necessary to ensure their success on this journey.


In partnership with leading local social service agencies, and Veterans Affairs Canada, we offer individualized counselling and training programs for each veteran, monitoring their progress against a well-defined and proven self-sufficiency matrix. Residency in the Village will be transitional, with the goal of having each veteran leave the Village and re-enter mainstream society, employed, stable and self-sufficient, likely after one to three years, but only when they have achieved their personal goals.

Homes for Heroes Scoreboard

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Teams
Participants

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Team Name

Captain

Members

Raised

1

Sutton Group Masters

Gail Power

5

3,720.00

2

Hometown Throwdown

Miranda Boven

5

320.00

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Name

Team Name

Activity

Raised

1

Fred Boven

Sutton Group Masters

Ride 50km

2,145.00

2

Gail Power

Sutton Group Masters

Big Goal

1,025.00

3

Ryan Power

Sutton Group Masters

Big Goal

550.00

4

Miranda Boven

Hometown Throwdown

Games

220.00

5

Gwendolyn Van Dam

Hometown Throwdown

Fitness

50.00

6

Stephanie Boven

Hometown Throwdown

Walk 5km

50.00

7

Kay Langmuir

Sutton Group Masters

Big Goal

8

Hilary McKenna

Hometown Throwdown

Walk 5km

9

Casey Boven

Hometown Throwdown

Outdoors

10

Doug Power

Sutton Group Masters

Big Goal

2020 RIDE Photos

Here's a collection of our favourite photos from RIDE 2020 - special thanks to our many volunteer photographers who sent them in!

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Contact Us


Homes for Heroes

Cameron H. Diggon, Capt. (Ret'd) Director of Fund Development
Toll Free 1.877.743.3413 / Phone 519.603.2250
Email info@rideforrefuge.org

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