About YWS

Our Mission

Empowering youth facing homelessness to reach individual potential.


Ending homelessness…one youth at a time, one step at a time.


In 1986 a group of teachers and guidance counsellors created Youth without Shelter as they were frustrated with the lack of safe, emergency housing and support programs for their students. Since that time YWS has helped more than 15,000 homeless youth to build their confidence and life-skills and to find long-term stable housing and jobs. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we are dedicated to providing shelter and support programs in a safe environment, with the goal of getting youth off the streets permanently.

Learn more about YWS

Vist yws.on.ca to learn more about how we help homeless youth.

About YWS Gifts

Our gift catalogue allows you to impact the lives of our youth in ways that mean the most to them. From program specific gifts, such as career coaching and tutoring sessions for our Stay in School residents, to wrap around supports such as counselling sessions and art therapy, you are supporting youth while giving a special gift to a loved one. Choose from an e-card or a paper card and personalize - it makes the perfect gift for any occasion. Plus, you'll receive a tax receipt for the full value of the gift. 

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