We currently accommodate youth between the ages of 16 to 24.
Youth from all backgrounds, religions and cultures are always welcome. We offer a respectful, safe temporary environment where you will not be judged or rejected.
We offer a drop-in where we serve a full meal, snacks and provide toiletry supplies. It is a calm environment with engaging activities readily available, including board and card games, movie nights, arts and crafts, and occasional special theme nights.
We also provide low-key mental health support, conflict management and pastoral care with informal referrals being made to deeper community support as required. We connect them to resources within the city which will help them with finding housing, finishing school, or obtaining help for addictions and mental health problems.
We provide a safe refuge from nightfall to morning, five nights a week. We operate as a minimal-barrier structure without a formal intake process for those staying overnight which allows youth to access the shelter even if they have lost ID or are otherwise in distress.
We meet the immediate needs of the youth by providing them with mental, physical and/or spiritual support, a clean bed, nutritious snacks, toiletries and breakfast in the morning.
Friday 9:00pm to 11:30pm
Saturday 10:00pm to 11:30pm
Sunday 9:00pm to 11:30pm
Monday 10:00pm to 11:30pm
Tuesday 10:00pm to 11:30pm
Friday 9:00pm to 9:00am
Saturday 10:00pm to 8:00am
Sunday 9:00pm to 8:30am
Monday 10:00pm to 8:30am
Tuesday 10:00pm to 8:30am
We are located in First Baptist Church at 140 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa. Please knock on the door at the side of the church on Elgin St.
Combining our Resources Effectively
C.O.R.E. for Youth
The C.O.R.E. for Youth is a bilingual program to address the gaps in our current healthcare system, related to substance abuse and addiction. The program emphasizes care, self-worth and a harm reduction approach with a gradual reduction of substance use during the waiting period.
The program workers are committed to adåvocating for youth who use our drop-in and/or our overnight services by managing concerns, crisis intervention, one-on-one counselling and encouraging the development of personal strengths and self-esteem.
C.O.R.E. for Parents
Many parents in our city need support and encouragement as they face the challenges of substance abuse and mental health problems with their own children. C.O.R.E. for Parents program provides the tools needed to empower parents and to insure that they do not feel alone. The role of the workers is to educate, equip and guide parents through the challenges being faced by their youth utilizing various methods and resources.
The goal of this supportive program is to help prevent youth from becoming homeless by getting them help early on in their journey.