The goal for every young person in our program is self-sufficiency, and case managers work with every youth to achieve that outcome. Each youth and their case manager develop a written plan with specific goals and resources to pursue them. Case managers stay connected to the youth every step of the way and beyond, continuing to offer support during the first few years of independent living, employment, advanced education and personal development.
Our Safe Harbour Emergency Shelter offers safe, immediate shelter for young people ages 12-20. Runaway, locked out or other youth experiencing homelessness can gain access to short-term services including meals, a warm bed and clothing. Our caring and experienced staff then work with each individual to help establish a longer-term home environment that maintains personal safety, educational continuity and more.
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Youth In Transition
Youth in Transition provides up to 18 months of transitional housing to young adults ages 16 to 24. The program’s supervised group living and apartments for independent living help develop skills for self-sufficiency. Case managers and direct care staff provide consistent support; help young people focus on employment, education, daily living and financial stability; and encourage their emerging adulthood and independence.
Pregnant and Parenting
Successful Teens/Effective Parents (STEPs) provides specialized services to pregnant and parenting youth ages 16 to 22. Counseling and case management are focused on their specific needs. Parenting and childcare-related support and training help them learn skills to parent effectively. They live in their own apartments, with gradually declining rent assistance as their confidence and financial independence grow. We are the only agency in our service area providing residential services to pregnant and parenting youth.
Education and Employment
We know that a safe living environment is just the beginning. To help young people become self-sufficient adults, we encourage and support educational achievement. We require continued school attendance and provide transportation and tutoring. And our Basic Life Skills curriculum helps develop skills for the job search and being in work environments. When young adults complete our program, they are ready for full-time employment or secondary education.