A local youth homelessness shelter is expressing its gratitude to everyone who made a difference for its clients this past holiday season.
Youth Haven is saying thank you to everyone who purchased a $50 Box of Hope leading up to Christmas, with the proceeds used to purchase gifts, hygiene products, toiletries, bus tokens, clothing, and other items.
“We are truly grateful and humbled by the support from the community,” said Lucy Gowers, Youth Haven Executive Director. “So many people, whether they live in Barrie, Tottenham, Collingwood and elsewhere in Simcoe County, and even beyond, chose to #bethedifference this holiday season.”
While numbers for 2019 are not yet available, Youth Haven assisted over 400 youth in emergency care and outreach across Simcoe County in 2018.
“More and more people are recognizing there is a crisis in our region when it comes to youth homelessness, said Gowers. “One in three people using emergency shelter services in Simcoe County are youth. In 2018, 432 youth who needed a bed at Youth Haven were unable to access one because the shelter was at a capacity.”
Youth Haven has 16 emergency beds, 10 for those who identify as male, 6 for those who identify as female, and operates five non-funded beds within the shelter for youth who are considered to be in transitional housing.