Measuring Return: The Operation Come Home Reunite Program

Operation Come Home

Year: 2011

Operation Come Home’s Reunite Program is the only national program in Canada dedicated to reuniting homeless youth with their families. Each year, the organisation reunites an average of 75 families and helps hundreds more youth find the services they need in order to overcome significant challenges and move into stable, positive lifestyles.

Over the course of the past two years, and Operation Come Home have interviewed 127 young people and their families who have made use of Reunite services. This ongoing research has so far revealed that once returned, the majority of youth remain connected with their families, no longer depending on the shelter, social service and criminal justice system. Over the past 40 years, this small but important service has made a positive impact on thousands of lives while representing approximately $2.3 million per year in savings to Canadian taxpayers