Building UP Homelessness with the Cardboard House

In 2019, the YW collaborated with Seaway Mall, GiantFM and Country89 to host the Building UP Homelessness campaign. This event brought the Cardboard House to Seaway Mall to bring awareness to homelessness right here in Niagara. 

Because of the fantastic work of our corporate partners, we were able to raise over $5,000 last year. Due to health and safety concerns around COVID-19, the Cardboard House is unable to return to Seaway Mall this year. 

While we’re unable to provide you with this interactive experience, we invite you to donate so that we can bring this event to you again in 2021.

Click here to donate.

The Cardboard House

The Cardboard House is an interactive display that tours visitors through the many misconceptions, realities, and solutions to homelessness in Niagara.

Check out the setup HERE!


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Thank you Susan Ryzebol, Rick Vanderkuip, George Miedema, John Vanderperk, Tom Venema, Dennis Teeuwsen, Dave Wiersma, James Vahrmeyer, Derek Ryzebol, Jeremy Froese, Ryan Vander Veen, Ryan Vanderberkel, Rick Hoogendam, Darrel Buys, Doug Bratton and Hank Rensink for helping us assemble and disassemble the house.

We would like to especially thank Chad Bezuyen, who always makes sure that we have enough volunteers to help out with the (dis)assembly of the House. We are touched by your dedication and kindness.

Presented by: The YWCA Niagara Region

Designed by: YW Staff & Volunteers

Graphics designed by: Suzanne Veenstra

Built by: Mountainview Homes

Sponsored by: Mountainview Homes, The Brick, Reimer Graphics, Future Shop