Homeward Bound

Developed by WoodGreen and launched in 2004, Homeward Bound is an award-winning program that supports homeless or inadequately housed single mothers to earn college diplomas, start careers and achieve financial stability for their families. Unique in Canada, this four-year education and employment program provides intensive wrap-around services that eliminate the barriers that single mothers face in trying to move out of poverty.

Programs

Homeward Bound offers participants a comprehensive set of supports, including:

 

  • Fully funded two-year college education in a marketable field
  • Academic upgrading program for college entrance
  • Affordable furnished housing
  • Goal-oriented case management
  • Child care and after-school programs, including tutoring and mentorship
  • Access to mental health, parenting and family counselling
  • 14-week unpaid internship to gain work experience
  • Job search support and networking opportunities

 

Over four years, participants gain the skills, education and employment experience necessary to achieve financial stability and independence.

Community of Practice

Designed by WoodGreen and piloted in Toronto, the Homeward Bound program model has been replicated by social service agencies outside the city and adapted for their local contexts and needs. This network of agencies come together as a Community of Practice to engage in resource and knowledge sharing, capacity building activities and coordination in service delivery. In addition to WoodGreen’s Toronto-based program, Homeward Bound is currently delivered by agencies in Peterborough, Halton and Brantford-Brant.

Industry Council

As a steward of the Homeward Bound program, the Industry Council supports the successful transition to work of program participants by providing internships, job training and placement opportunities within multiple business sectors.

 

The Industry Council provides the following supports:

 

  • Internships
  • Placement opportunities
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Pre-college sessions
  • Networking events
  • Mentorship
  • Employment advocacy
  • Program ambassador and advocate

 

Industry Council partners include:

 

  • Accompass
  • Adecco
  • BMO
  • CIBC
  • Deloitte
  • Dentons
  • Gallagher
  • IBM
  • Manpower
  • McCarthy Tetrault
  • OSLER
  • RBC
  • Ricoh
  • Scotia Bank
  • TD
  • TJX Canada
  • Torys LLP
  • Turner
  • UHN

 

If interested in being a part of the Industry Council, please contact Kathy Koch at kkoch@woodgreen.org.

Contact information

Yordanka Petrova

Senior Manager, Homeward Bound

416-645-6000 ext. 3031
ypetrova@woodgreen.org