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Eva's Pheonix Opens
dated June 2, 2000
May 30, 2000
Eva's Phoenix, an experimental housing and employment training project, opened in Toronto, with 83 per cent of the homeless youth involved in it's construction finding full-time employment.
Eva's Phoenix Apprentice
"My name is Amber and I was one of the participant's involved in the building of this shelter and I am now a member of local 27, almost finished my first year of apprenticeship."
The CAW's Social Justice Fund played a pivotal role in the 3.5 million dollar project. Recognizing the importance of youth to our future. The CAW chose this initiative as it's Millennium project.
Madame Justice Fern Weinper
President Eva's Initiatives
"When this project was just a dream the CAW came forward and contributed $325,000 to the project because they knew it was premised on a superb concept and they knew they could help make it happen. Their contribution kick started the fund raising campaign and gave the project credibility in all sectors when we went looking for support."
CAW national president Buzz Hargrove, while acknowledging the contributions from all sectors including the provincial and federal levels of government, reminded them that the crisis of the homeless is not over and immediate action is needed.
CAW National President
" I am not bashing anyone. I'm just making a simple appeal. We have to get back, as a nation, to caring about those who sleep on the street. If you look at the young people and at the success story that we have just heard about here today, and think about the kind of success that we could have for the young people of this province and our communities, if only we had accepted the logic that some people preach, and that is give hope and opportunity to people and they will respond. I've seen an incredible response here today. Congratulations to everyone."
Eva's Phoenix will provide shelter and employment and life skills training for 50 homeless youth between the ages of 19 and 24 each year.
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."