On this episode:
Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth
This episode, we are speaking with Marlon Merraro Director of Initiatives at Eva’s. Marlon has over two decades of experience in various community and government organizations across the City of Toronto. Marlon has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Ryerson University and is a graduate of Schulich School of Business Emerging Leaders Non-Profit Management from York University.
In this episode, Marlon explains how the Reconnect Program is evolving to meet the needs of youth at risk of homelessness in Toronto. He outlines the importance of meeting youth and families where they are and adapting the services to meet the needs of the people they serve. To prevent and end homelessness, Marlon emphasizes the need for strong housing policies, strong anti-colonization policies and strong anti-poverty policies. He also discussed how counselling needs to be culturally competent and not just based on the medical model but based in community.
Listen in for a few incredible stories of prevention and reconnection from the Family Reconnect Program. And also be sure to check out the Family Reconnect Toolkit for exploring family intervention methods in responding to homeless and at-risk youth.
Marlon’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This podcast is supported by the Vancouver Foundation.