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Programs and Services

Transitional Housing

Making the transition from living in a home or group setting, to living independently can be scary for all of us. In today’s world there is tremendous pressure to manage day-to-day living as adults, even when they are still kids. Imagine having to do it at a young age, with limited skills and resources to manage on your own. For some of our youth this is a reality, and the thought of living self-sufficiently can seem overwhelming.

Our transitional housing, the Bridge Program, helps our young people in-need develop real life skills in a supportive and caring environment, giving them the tools needed to succeed in their own home. We offer 5 on-site transitional beds to youth who may require extra time and skill development to become successful adults in our community.

Emergency Care Housing

The first thing anyone facing homelessness needs is housing. Our emergency housing is for youth between 16 and 24 who are fleeing an unsafe home environment, those who have lost their housing, and young people who have spent time on the streets. Youth Haven’s house features 10 beds for those identifying as young men and 6 beds for those identifying as young women.

We want our youth to feel welcome and proud of themselves for the courage to take action and seek assistance to improve their lives. When a young person in-need comes to stay at Youth Haven they receive clothes, food, personal need items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, and shampoo, and bedding when they arrive. They are offered the opportunity to speak to a youth worker right away for pressing needs, or unwind and rest.

Health Care Clinic

We are proud to be partnered with RVH’s Family Medicine Teaching Unit (FMTU) who provide weekly doctor’s visits to Youth Haven, accessible to any youth experiencing homelessness who would like to see a doctor on a drop-in basis.

Many youth lack access to primary care, and many others avoid it due to shame and embarrassment, fear, and a lack of awareness of their needs. The impact of the health care clinic is improved health for our youth by providing full exams, medication dispensing and monitoring, advice and information about personal care, and referrals for more intense physical needs.

Referral Services

We are proud to work closely with our community partners, and we believe that everyone who calls Youth Haven has called the right place, even if we aren’t the ones who provide the service. We are in constant contact with our partners, and would be happy to make referrals and advocate on your behalf. Please call us at 705-739-7616

Counselling

We don’t pretend to hold all the answers, in fact, it is our young people who know what it is they truly need and want from life. Our counsellors help them navigate a complex world of emotions and coping tools needed to mature, gain perspective and focus, and find true happiness in life. Our counsellors work with both the kids who are staying at Youth Haven, and those in the community who are at risk of homelessness and/or experiencing conflict and crisis.

Life Skills

Every step along their Youth Haven journey is an opportunity for our youth to learn, grow, and develop confidence. Our life skills are more than a program; they encompass the daily experience of being in our care. Whether cooking meals and washing dishes, doing laundry and cleaning the house, to learning effective communication tools, learning how to manage money and preparing for work or continuing their education, these experiences help foster self-esteem, resilience, and develop habits that will help them through a traumatic time and guide them into successful adulthood.

Case Management

Our team work with the young people on establishing goals and breaking them down into manageable tasks that can be completed in a relatively short period of time. This is helpful to move them forward and gain the resources they need to get back on their feet, and to help them develop good habits and achieve life long success with goal planning and problem solving.

Continuing Care

Life’s challenges don’t end when one of our kid’s moves back home, or in their own place. Living independently doesn’t mean automatically becoming an adult, and young people need the opportunity to explore, make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and mature in a supportive, responsible environment. Ongoing support, mentorship, advocacy and care all help, that’s why it’s important to continue offering support to reinforce the progress they have made with us.

Youth Haven's Guiding Principles

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All homeless persons have the right to shelter service regardless of political or religious beliefs. ethno-cultural background, (dis)ability, gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

The shelter will provide an atmosphere of dignity and respect for all shelter guests, and provide services in a non-judgmental manner.

The shelter will be sensitive to the ethno-specific, LGBTQ, and linguistic needs of guests. Staff will work to ensure guests have access to culturally appropriate interpreter services where available.

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