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Bridge of Hope Program

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Family Reunification

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Dagma Koyi (Founder)


Dagma Koyi has over ten years of experience working with at risk youth. She is a professional

with a Bachelor degree in Social Work and a Certificate of Training in Crisis Intervention and

Clinical Traumatology. Dagma is also in the process of completing a Master’s degree in

Counselling with a specialization in Family Therapy. Dagma has both front line and supervisory

experience in the not-for- profit sector. Dagma’s passion and drive for the homeless population

has driven her to birth REST Centre


Board of Directors

Clarence Wallace (Chair)

Karly -Anna O Brien

Michael Amanfi

Stephen Cryne


Advisory Board

Robson Alberoni

Dr Ben Mempah

Dr Marylin Morris


Youth Council

Romaine Redman

Shalom Adeyemo

Nick Beckett

Shannia Lewis

Victoria Mohammed


Jacqui Henry


Through R.E.S.T., homeless youth in our community are learning how to "REST"!


  • Almost one-third of Canada’s homeless population is 16-24 years old.

  • In Toronto, estimates range from 900 to 2,000 nightly — far more than can be accommodated by the 489 beds in youth shelters.

  • 43% of youth experiencing homelessness were in foster care or group homes.

  • Research indicates that foster youth tend to fare poorly in a number of domains in the transition to adulthood, and the shift to independent living may be particularly challenging.

Youth with experience in the

criminal justice system: Access to stable housing can be a key factor in success. Adequate housing and outside supports (employment, financial help) are too often unavailable.

Indigenous youth: History of colonization and cultural discrimination. Indigenous youth are overrepresented in homeless populations.

A majority of homeless youth face mental health challenges. This adds additional risks and obstacles to an already difficult experience.

Newcomer youth: Cultural isolation, language barriers, employment setbacks, family tension and stress –newcomer youth face a number of hurdles.

Youth fleeing violence and abuse in their households: Abuse in the home has pushed 61% of young females onto the streets.

Stand with us today in the fight to end youth homelessness


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