3 Organizations Team up to Provide a New Program Preventing Youth Homelessness

“If you’re under 24 and worried about where you’re going to sleep tonight. Call 211. Anytime. Anywhere. It’s free. They can connect you to someone who can help.”

April 11th, 2019 – Earlier today at the GPHSF, Family Health Team Foundation offices, campaign material for the new program at the YES Shelter for Youth and Families that prevents and diverts youth from homelessness was unveiled and announced. The prevention program at YES is a partnership initiative with Peterborough Youth Services, and ensures youth who might experience homelessness, and often a mental health crisis, are supported, and wherever possible, reconnected to their families. This important program has been funded by GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation.

“We are so proud to partner with YES on the diversion work they are doing in providing support and navigation to youth that need it most in a time of crisis,” said Laura Kennedy, Executive Director, GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation. “It’s exciting to see this marketing campaign launch in our community to create greater awareness of 211 and the diversion program at YES. We would like to thank Tebey for his ongoing support of this initiative, Ted and Glenda Hunter, and the Peterborough Foundation for their contribution in making this marketing campaign possible. I’d also like to thank Durham College and our very talented graphic design intern Stephen Maschke, who created all of the artwork for the campaign.”

The important program makes it easy for families and youth to find support when they need it most. Anyone in the community can simply dial 211 at any time, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for support. If a young person feels that they might experience homelessness or housing insecurity, the 211 Dispatchers will connect youth or families to YES’ outreach team, ensuring an immediate response to the crisis. YES staff will then work collaboratively with Peterborough Youth Services’ Community Response Team, ensuring youth, and their families have the mental health support they need to support the young person in crisis. YES, GPHSF, and PYS are excited to offer this new initiative to Peterborough City and County, ensuring fewer young people in our community experience the insecurity that homelessness presents.

“The support GPHSF and the Tebey Golf Classic provided, allowed us to pilot the 211 diversion program over the past 9 months, supporting clients in our community with an immediate response,” said Meagan Hennekam Executive Director, YES Shelter.  “The generousity of Ted and Glenda Hunter ensured all 211 staff were properly trained and familiar with the program so they can assist clients with navigation.  This prevention program has been and will continue to reach those that are struggling with a place to stay, and support them in making an immediate plan that is safe, with ongoing support, reconnecting with family wherever possible. As a result of this program, several youth have avoided experiencing homelessness, YES’ emergency shelter has not had to turn away a single youth due to capacity issues, ensuring that when our emergency shelter is the only option, we can be there reliably, every single night.”

About the YES Shelter for Youth and Families 

The YES Shelter for Youth and Families works to ensure youth and families in our community are properly supported to lead full and positive lives. Relying on the generosity of donors, we

provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, a high school program, food bank, clothing cupboard, money management services, and outreach services throughout Peterborough City and County. We work hard to prevent homelessness wherever possible, provide emergency shelter when it’s needed, and move families from homelessness into permanent, stable housing with the tools to succeed.  To learn more, please visit: www.yesshelter.ca

About Peterborough Youth Services 

Peterborough Youth Services is a youth focused agency that provides accessible services that engage youth in a respectful, professional, therapeutic relationship to foster emotional and social health.  PYS’ youth justice programs provide court-mandated community-based support to young people who have been convicted of an offence while under the age of 18. The youth justice programs span the four counties of Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, and Northumberland.  PYS’ child and youth mental health programs serve Peterborough County. The Community Response Team provides mobile/crisis outreach in the community and Counsellors are skilled in de-escalating crises and coordinating a community response with schools, the hospital and other community organizations. The agency’s Clinical Counselling program provides therapeutic mental health services to youth ages 10-18. The program teams work closely to provide services that are flexible and respond to the unique needs of youth and families.

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