Joe Roberts is pushing a shopping cart through Brampton as part of his coast to coast trek across Canada to raise awareness for at-risk youth and homelessness.
Joe is known as the Skid Row CEO. He built a successful web development company and became the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies. His life however didn’t start out so rosy. He was using drugs at age 9. His addiction escalated quickly from alcohol, to heroin, LSD and cocaine. He hit rock bottom at age 18, living on the mean streets in Vancouver’s East Side. He pushed his belongings in a shopping cart. With a sudden realization and determination to become clean, he checked himself into an intensive drug rehab program. He enrolled in a business program at Loyalist College in Bellville, Ontario where he made the Dean’s list.
Joe has since dedicated his life to helping at-risk youth though The Push for Change charity he started in 2011. His shopping cart that he is pushing across the country is a symbol of chronic homelessness in partnership with The Upstream Project . The 9,000km coast to coast campaign across Canada started on May 1st, 2016 and will finish on September 30, 2017. There is an overwhelming need for a youth specific shelter in Brampton and in the communities he will be passing through, Joe is inviting local partners to host local events to raise funds. Monies raised in a given community event will be split 50/50 with the local initiative selected by the local host. We encourage you to lead your school in joining Joe and raising money to combat youth homeless in Brampton. Plan your local Civvies Day with proceeds going to Push for Change.
Any schools/teachers that wish to lead their class deeper into the issues of Youth Homelessness, Joe’s team has developed an Teacher Guide to resource teachers to the issues surrounding Youth homelessness in Canada. To see the Teacher Guide, click of the following link:
Joe will be walking through Brampton on Monday, October 24th to partner with Regeneration Outreach Community (Regen) and Salvation Army. Regen serves the homeless and those living in extreme poverty in Brampton. Participating Brampton schools will be busing students to Bramalea Baptist Church to join with him on a walk to Garden Square in downtown Brampton (Queen & Main – 5kms). You are welcome to join the walk with Joe or participate in the rally at Garden Square at 12:00pm.
Meetup Place: Bramalea Baptist Church Parking Lot (9050 Dixie Rd., Brampton)
Date: Monday, October 24th
Garden Square Program begins at 12:00pm
PICK UP: 1:00pm, in the YMCA Parking Lot, Downtown BramptonDonate Now
All donations go directly to The Push for Change when submitted online.
Cheques should be made out to Regeneration Outreach Community.