How your fundraising dollars make a difference:
- Every $50 raised provides a critical hour of counselling to a young person
- Every $65 gives a hungry youth a week of warm dinners
- Every $100 lets us prepare a start up kit for a youth leaving the shelter
- Every dollar raised helps give a young person the courage to leave an abusive relationship
- Every dollar raised helps give a young person the confidence to return to school or pursue a job
For Youth Like Paige
She came to YSB as a shy, quiet young woman, anxious and distrustful. She stayed in our Young Women’s Emergency Shelter where she got around-the-clock support and guidance. She built her confidence, gained life skills, completed high school, and began to trust others. Fast forward a few years and Paige is now in the middle of her second year of University – on a full scholarship.
Paige was just 17 years old when she came to YSB’s Emergency Youth Shelter. Her parents had struggled with severe mental health issues and, from a young age, she had been a victim of abuse. Afraid, unsure, and alone, she chose to reach out to YSB for help.
Who would have known that a young woman like Paige could completely turn her life around with the right help!
Funds raised at YSB’s SleepOUT for Youth go directly to our Youth Housing Services including the Young Women’s Shelter. Your fundraising efforts will directly contribute to helping young people like Paige each and every day. Together, we are able to ensure that youth in our community have the resources they need to transition to happy and healthy adulthoods.
We’d like to extend our sincere thanks for your fundraising so far – these gifts benefit young men and women who are working hard to create better futures for themselves, despite the many obstacles they may be facing. For at-risk youth, a better tomorrow is within reach, and you help make this possible.
Funds raised from the Community SleepOUT events support youth accessing programs and services in our youth shelters and long-term housing apartments. It’s also important to know that YSB is building a new supportive housing residence on Riverside Drive set to begin construction in Spring 2018. This new 39-unit residence will offer once-homeless and high-risk youth, aged 16-24, housing and complete wrap around support. It will also make available services that have been proven to contribute to a young person’s ability to break the cycle of chronic homelessness.
This year more than 1,000 young people in our city will have no place to call home. Sadly, homelessness is often not the only battle for these youth. Many are also dealing with the effects of trauma, mental health issues, poverty, and addiction.
Most of us find comfort at the end of our day: a warm bed to sleep in, a hot meal to eat, and a loving and supportive network of friends and family. Without your support, homeless youth will find themselves cold, hungry and alone.
More than 24% of shelter users in Ottawa are under the age of 17, and we can all agree that the streets are no place for a young person. Your dollars will provide homeless youth a renewed sense of hope for their future!
Thank you for your support!