Youth Without Shelter is an emergency residence and referral agency serving homeless youth. We are dedicated to providing shelter and support programs for homeless youth, ages 16-24. We provide an independent shelter, committed to diverse, client-focused services, in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Our programs enable youth to live responsibly and independently in society.
Vision: Ending homelessness…one youth at a time, one step at a time.
Values: Accountability, client-focused, collaboration, communication, creativity, excellence, diversity, integrity, respect.
Resilience-Based Case Management: Youth Without Shelter practices resilience-based case management which identifies and builds on the strengths of each youth. For most it may be the first time an authority figure has recognized their abilities and indicated belief in their capability to achieve success. This greatly improves the youth’s self-esteem and builds the confidence needed to achieve their goals.
Trauma-Informed Care: “Everyone has the right to a future that is not dictated by their past.” Youth Without Shelter provides trauma-informed care as a core principle of operations. For service providers to become effective with individuals in their care, there has to be “needs based” planning, not only at a client level but at a program and system level as well. The majority of the youth YWS serves have had to deal with overwhelming personal experiences that may have changed their perception about life. Our goal is to have a support system that will empower young people to succeed, and help them transition from a post-traumatic state to post-traumatic growth.
Board of Directors: CHAIR Moez Bawania, VICE CHAIR and TREASURER Nick Viris, SECRETARY Mohamedali Dharamshi DIRECTORS Janet Bray, Parveen Dhupar, Halinka Dybka, Talya Gaborieau, Fariyal Hasham, Tracey Irwin, Abbas Kassam, Dave Mathews, Tony Small
Advisory board: Dan Shea, David Mielke