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The Organizations We Support

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Argus Residence for Young People

Since 1985, Argus has provided emergency shelter to youth between the ages of 16-24 who are experiencing homelessness in our community. Today, Argus operates two 24 hour shelter locations; a 10-bed shelter for youth identifying as female and a 10-bed shelter for youth identifying as male.

Argus’ emergency shelter program is unique in the Waterloo Region due to our ability to amalgamate the essential services of food, shelter and 24-hour staff support with a comprehensive life-skills acquisition program which works to mobilize our youth toward healthy and viable community integration. Our goal is to equip young people with the tools they need in order to thrive.

The physical design of both residences resonate the familial, person centred approach Argus utilizes in working with opportunity youth. Argus provides support and structure from a home-like setting which fosters both youth engagement and potential.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary

Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is a leading provider of quality programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of young people and their families. With over 40 programs at countless locations in every quadrant of Calgary, we meet with kids and families where they are and where they need us most. In 2014, the collective agency supported approximately 22,250 unique children, youth and families. This number changes frequently and reflects our programs, activities and community partnerships. Please note that this number does not include individuals who participated in onetime events, presentations or other such activities.

We offer programs and activities at countless location in every quadrant of Calgary, with trained, dedicated staff and volunteers who support children and youth, ranging in age from pre-school to young adulthood. Some programs offer physical recreation, technology, the arts and personal growth, while other locations provide nutrition services, family support programs, emergency shelter and other supports to children and youth at risk. Programs are offered primarily during the after-school hours when studies have shown that young people are most vulnerable at becoming drawn into anti-social behaviours. Many Clubs also offer programs during evenings and weekends.

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Chez Doris

Chez Doris is a charitable organization offering a daytime shelter 7 days a week for all women in difficulty. The house provides meals, respite, clothing, socio-recreational activities as well as practical assistance in a secure and accepting environment.

We pride ourselves in our welcoming, secure, inclusive, confidential, respectful, supportive and helpful environment for every woman that passes through our doors.

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Community Care

We compassionately provide vital services and assistance to individuals and families that meet their basic needs and help bridge their journey to self-sufficiency.

Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold has been meeting the needs of the less advantaged in our community since 1919. The fundamental principles on which the agency was founded have not changed.

Programs range from food and shelter security to emergency services and support that lead to the independence clients strive to achieve.

Although most programs are delivered within the communities of St. Catharines & Thorold, the Trustee and Niagara Nutrition Partners Programs are delivered on a regional basis.


Community Partners Addressing Homelessness

The National Homelessness Initiative began in Prince George in February 2001. Now referred to as Phase 1 of the initiative, it commenced with Prince George service providers, agencies, non-profit organizations, and government ministries and departments at the municipal, provincial and federal level agreeing to work together in a group named the Community Partners Addressing Homelessness (CPAH). This collaboration saw combining of the expertise and knowledge of their members along with the results of community consultations and focus groups with service providers, agencies, and service consumers in Prince George. The result cumulated in the Community Plan on Homelessness released in September 2001.

Covenant House Vancouver

The young people who come to Covenant House face many obstacles to achieving independence. The majority of street youth have experienced physical, sexual and or emotional abuse, often at the hands of the adults that were responsible for taking care of them. Likewise, Vancouver’s downtown streets can be dangerous. Sexual exploitation, drug abuse, poverty and illness are commonplace on the streets and many of our youth are re-victimized there, having fled one unsafe situation only to find their circumstances often worse.

They have 5 Principles that guide their services:

Immediacy – Responding to a youth’s basic needs right now

Sanctuary – Providing safety and security from the hazards of the street

Value Communication – Modeling respectful interaction; there’s no more need to lie, cheat and steal to survive

Structure – Street life is completely unstructured; we provide the stability and structure needed for youth to stabilize and progress toward independent living

Choice – We show youth that their life isn’t a dead end and that we will do everything in our power to provide them with the tools needed to start a new life as long as they work with us to meet their goals

Dans La Rue

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Le Bon Dieu dans la rue, founded by Father Emmett Johns (“Pops”) in 1988, provides assistance to homeless youth and youth at risk. With dedication, empathy and respect, and with the support of the community, we care for their immediate needs, and help them acquire the skills and resources needed to lead more autonomous and rewarding lives.

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We are a non-profit community based organization that provides programs and services to children, youth and their families in making healthy choices that improves their quality of life.

We are visionary leaders, catalysts and advocates for ensuring that children and youth have a voice in determining the programs and services that best meet their needs.

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Good Shepherd

In response to the needs of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the 1950s, the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd accepted the invitation to open a Men’s Hostel in Hamilton in 1961. Through the commitment to our mission of “Never Stop Loving” and our willingness to be of service to those in need, we have grown to become the largest provider of human and social services in the Greater Hamilton area. Since 1961, Good Shepherd services have grown to include a daily hot meal program for about 300 guests; an emergency food and clothing program; emergency shelters for men, youth, families, women and children; transitional housing for homeless and street involved youth; hospice; community mental health programs and supportive housing programs.

n January 2015, The Brothers of the Good Shepherd and the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, merged into the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God – Province of the Good Shepherd in North America.

To watch the video, Mathias and John: A Fusion of Hospitality click here.

Good Shepherd innovative programs and services are provided 365 days a year without distinction and free of charge to anyone in need. The work of Good Shepherd is based on a fundamental belief in providing hope and dignity to the most vulnerable members of our community.

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HOPE Outreach

H.O.P.E. is the nighttime outreach for homeless and exploited women in the Kelowna area, specifically in the downtown core. There are very limited resources in the Okanagan for the homeless, especially for women and children. H.O.P.E. volunteers go out seven nights a week at dusk and walk the streets of downtown with the goal of providing the women they encounter with the support and tools they need for survival. The volunteers carry supply bags with basic necessities to give out. Additionally, the volunteers build relationships with the women, encouraging and supporting them get the help they need. Volunteers note the names and ages of these girls and women and H.O.P.E. executives keep try to track the women to ensure their safety. In addition, volunteers take “bad date reports” and report instances of violence and abuse that sex-workers encounter. Bad Date Reports are circulated Okanagan wide to Prince George, Kamloops, Merritt, Penticton, Vernon and Kelowna. In addition, the volunteers inform the women of the local resource centres and services in the Okanagan. Ultimately, H.O.P.E. is constantly seeking funding to sustain the night time outreach and purchase supplies for the volunteers to hand out on the streets.

Kingston Youth Shelter

Kingston Youth Shelter offers a variety of services to homeless/precariously housed youth between the ages of 16-24. Our services help youth stabilize, grow, develop, and work towards their goals for independent living. We provide youth with the acceptance, empathy, and support that they need in order to transition successfully into young adulthood. At KYS, homeless does not mean hopeless.

Youth who arrive at our doorstep come from all walks of life. There are many factors that may lead to youth homelessness such as: poverty, trauma, abuse, oppression, immigration, mental health, (dis)ability, addictions, or conflict with the law. With guidance from the trained professionals at KYS, youth can overcome these barriers and move on to live happy, healthy lives. Forward Together.

La Dauphine

La Maison Dauphine

Depuis bientôt 25 ans, La Dauphine offre aux jeunes de la rue de 12 à 29 ans la possibilité de reconstituer un milieu de vie proche de leur vécu, de leurs besoins et d’être acceptés pour ce qu’ils sont.

Elle leur permet de prendre un temps d’arrêt et de recevoir protection, aide, support et conseils appropriés. Elle leur offre un milieu sécurisant, apaisant, afin qu’ils puissent se questionner, réfléchir et prendre le recul nécessaire par rapport à ce qu’ils vivent. Le but étant de susciter leur engagement dans la résolution de leurs problèmes.

Des services essentiels et d’appoint leur sont offerts tout en assurant aux jeunes une relation d’aide personnalisée et un accompagnement dans la réhabilitation à l’emploi ou le retour aux études.

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In late 1988, Kate Millar noticed that there were a lot of young people living on the streets of downtown Kitchener. With the help of others in the community, Kate began working with youth who were experiencing homelessness, or who were at-risk of becoming homeless. In 1989, a friend donated office space to Kate, and ROOF was officially born.

In 1990, ROOF moved into a facility at Duke and College Streets. While at this location, ROOF began to define a set of values and principles that were to become the foundation of the present day agency. In 1991, ROOF moved into 43 Cedar St. N., in Kitchener. During this time, ROOF increased services to seven days per week, added a connective outreach program, added a food hamper program, created a more comprehensive volunteer training program, and added trained counsellors to its team. On March 1, 1996, ROOF began its partnership in the Betty Thompson Youth Centre, which increased its capacity to provide service to high risk youth.

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Operation Come Home

Operation Come Home is an employment, education, and support centre for homeless and at-risk youth age 16 and up. Their programs focus on what works and what matters to youth, as well as encourage personal growth of everyone as an individual. Their mission is to prevent homeless youth from becoming homeless adults.

Operation Come Home is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

Phoenix Youth Programs Halifax

At Phoenix, we believe that people matter. All people. We all have the right to respect, dignity, support, and the opportunity to thrive.

Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth and contributing to a vibrant community. Phoenix’s ten locations in Halifax, NS provide a continuum of care for youth ages 11-24 and their families. We offer important services and programs including shelter, food, housing support, health care, parenting support, recreation, education and employment services, and clinical therapy. Our team of caring professionals recognize that each person who comes to us has individual needs as well as strengths. People are the leaders in their own lives; Phoenix is a leader in supporting them.

Resource Assistance for Youth

Resource Assistance for Youth

Resource Assistance for Youth, Inc. (RaY) is a non-profit street-level agency working with street-entrenched and homeless youth up to the age of 29.

RaY is non-judgmental and non-partisan, employing a harm reduction approach to all interactions with youth in need.

Our Mission:
“To provide youth with what they need, on their terms, to better their lives.”

The Dam

The Dam

The Dam is a safe community for youth and young moms offering love, respect and dignity for all. Since 1995 we have been a relational presence in the lives of youth. Through the relationships we form we Develop, Assist and Mentor youth and young moms along the journey towards reaching their full potential.

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Wood’s Homes

Wood’s Homes is a multi-service, non-profit children’s mental health centre based in Calgary. Our over 550 staff and volunteers help provide 35 programs and services for 20,000 children and their families each year in Calgary, Lethbridge, Canmore, Strathmore, Fort McMurray and Fort Smith, N.W.T.

Rich in history, we are a place of caring and trust. A place you can turn to for help when you don’t know what else to do or when you have nowhere else to turn.

Founded as an orphanage in 1914 by Reverend George Wood, Wood’s Homes is today recognized across Canada for its innovative services, some of which were the first in Canada. We are very proud of our Research Department (which began in 2001) as very few non-profits conduct their own research. Wood’s Homes is widely recognized as a knowledge and training centre in the field of children’s mental health.

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Wyndham House

For the last 40 years Wyndham House has been synonymous with serving homeless youth. While the pathways into homelessness are complex, a way off the streets is clear. Wyndham House provides youth with housing and educational alternatives, social supports and programming that supports a successful transition into adulthood.


Youth Empowerment Support & Services

YESS is a non-profit organization that is relentlessly dedicated to shaping the future of Edmonton by supporting youth facing difficult realities.

Over the years, thousands of kids have come through our door. It all started in 1978 when a group of concerned individuals established the Youth Emergency Shelter Society in response to a gap in our social services system which was devoid of services for homeless children between the age of 16 and 18.

The society provided youth with shelter, safety, and hope during difficult times. Since then we have grown into so much more than an emergency shelter and have changed our name to Youth Empowerment & Support Services to better reflect what we do.

In addition to providing emergency shelter, we also offer youth ongoing support programs and individual guidance through a non-judgmental, relationship-based approach that allows them to heal from traumatic experiences and rebuild their lives.