Category Archives: Winners

Canadian Mental Health Association – Kelowna and District

The Canadian Mental Health Association facilitates access to the resources individuals require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.

CMHA Kelowna

“CB25 helped me get back in touch with community and society. Not a lot of opportunities for me to get in touch with a normal style of life. Possible career paths have opened up, like I’m thinking about culinary stuff. I got that through Supper Club.” – Participant

 The initiative :

Connected by 25 : Supporting Successful Transitions to Adulthood for Vulnerable Young People in the Central Okanagen. This initiative focuses on the needs of youth aged 16 to 24 who are at risk of falling through the cracks as they transitional to adulthood and facilitates access to the supports they need. Key objectives of the program:

  • Build the individual capacity of the youth, focussing on relationships, skills, knowledge, and abilities, in order to enhance their resiliency and reduce risk as they transition to adulthood
  • Build community capacity to ensure that young people who require support services can access them
  • Work towards systemic and policy reform to ensure that those in the 16 to 24 age group have a system of care that is responsive to their needs and a voice in the policy issues that directly affect them, including poverty, a living wage, employment, and lack of affordable housing.

Impact for youth:

  • Staff support in navigating complicated youth and adult mental health systems
  • Support in navigating income support system
  • Accessing the right kind of help when needed
  • Preventing homelessness
  • Identifying barriers experienced by youth transitioning to adulthood that can be addressed by the community, thus resulting in better protocols, coordination and policy
  • Increased inter-agency collaboration as individuals connected with youth services become too old to be served by one organization and require linkages to new supports.

Results from 2 year pilot phase:

  • 100 % of youth engaged with the program reported increased knowledge of community based resources for adults and connection to community resources
  • 88% reported an increase in life skills knowledge and development
  • 75% reported an increase in overall health and wellness

Home Base Housing

Home Base Housing develops and manages safe and affordable housing and emergency shelter and support services to meet the needs of youth, adults, and families at risk of homelessness in the Kingston area.

HomeBase

“The Youth Services Program helped me to get my apartment, take me to my appointments and get food. They gave me a job, which provided a reference letter; they supplied me with cooking programs. Before Youth Services I was staying in a shelter with nothing and doing nothing.” – Participant, aged 20

“Before moving to RISE, I dropped out of school, was escorting and had anorexia. Being in this program I was able to stop escorting and get over my eating disorder. I graduated High School and am working on moving to my favourite city.” – Participant, aged 19

The initiative:

The Youth Services Program with its goal of ending the cycle of homelessness among youth 16 to 24 years through:

    • Transitional housing units and flexible client supports
    • Teaching and skills development through educational or job opportunities, practising life skills, embracing harm reduction, and providing mental health supports
    • Assisting youth in the community obtain housing in the private or non profit sectors and secure longer term supports to  help them maintain their housing
    • Supporting single mothers and newborns through the provision of housing and supports.

Impact for youth:

    • At any one time 30 formerly homeless or at-risk youth have safe, affordable housing.
    • 8 transitional housing units at the 21 unit apartment building RISE@one4nine permit Home Base staff to quickly move youth out of homelessness or unsafe situations and into a safe place to live. These youth then move on to other forms of housing suited to their needs.
    • 13 long term units have been home to eight individuals since opening in 2012. Other tenants have moved from these apartments into other units in the non-profit and private market sectors.
    • Secure housing and client centered support services lead to client success in mastering life skills, increased attendance at school or work, more involvement with community groups and services, and fewer health risks.

LOFT Community Services

LOFT promotes independence and recovery for individuals with multiple challenges including mental health, addiction, physical health and homelessness issues. LOFT offers support services including transitional and longer term housing.

“Thanks to LOFT, I went back to school. Got my high school diploma. And I’m inches away from a degree in social work from George Brown College. Pretty great, right? Well, it’s just the beginning. Next, I’m applying to the nursing program at George Brown. I really hope I get in. Me, a nurse. Helping others. Not just a job, but a career. And a stable, meaningful, good life.” – Participant, TAY Program

The Initiative

Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Program which focuses on youth aged 18 to 24 experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues. The key to the program is developing an empathetic, hopeful and continuous client-worker relationship and coordination of support across sectors. The program serves about 200 youth per year offering a range of supports including case management, system navigation, assistance with the activities of daily living, advocacy and access to housing.

Impact for youth:

  • Increased sense of hope, self esteem and emotional development
  •  Goal setting among youth with renewed focus on re-engaging with school, becoming employed, gaining financial self sufficiency, getting ‘a place of their own’
  • Increase in involvement in vocational roles (employment, pre-employment, skills training, volunteering, etc.)
  • Increase in involvement in educational roles (GED, college, university, school readiness program, etc)
  • Increase in proportion of youth living in safe housing
  • Increase in physical and mental health supports being accessed by the youth

Spectre de rue

Spectre de rue s’adresse à des personnes du centre-ville de Montréal, aux prises avec des problèmes de toxicomanie, de prostitution, d’itinérance et de santé mentale, se concentrant sur la prévention et la réduction de la propagation des infections transmises sexuellement ou par le sang (ITSS)

Spectre de rue works with individuals in downtown Montreal who are struggling with drug addiction, prostitution, homelessness or mental health challenges with a focus on preventing and reducing the spread of diseases that are transmitted sexually or through injection drug use. (English text follows below)

spectre de rue

L’initiative

TAPAJ (Travail alternatif payé à la journée) offre aux jeunes qui pratiquent divers métiers de la rue la possibilité de mieux s’impliquer dans leur communauté d’une manière plus positive et constructive, tout en étant rémunérés pour leur travail dans différents plateaux de travailet trouver ainsi une solution de rechange à leur situation précaire.

À l’étape 1, les participants doivent réserver une place à l’un des plateaux de travail de TAPAJ. Chaque plateau de travail a une durée variant de 2 à 3 heures et les participants sont rémunérés à la fin du plateau. Parmi les plateaux de travail, mentionnons des projets visant l’amélioration communautaire (par ex., aménagement paysager, plantations); initiatives de nettoyage du quartier (alléeset parcs); et également d’autres opportunités comme travailler dans le cadre de foires et d’expositions.

Les personnes qui veulent prendre leur vie en mains peuvent accéder à l’étape 2, qui permet d’élaborer et de réaliser un plan de travail et des objectifs personnels et d’avoir un suivi avec un travailleur de soutien deux fois par mois pour passer en revue leurs objectifs. C’est à cette étape que les participants sortent graduellement des refuges, peuvent manger à leur faim, planifient comment régler leurs frais juridiques et ainsi vont de l’avant!

Effets positifs chez les jeunes

  • À court terme, les effets se traduisent par une aide s’appliquant au revenu, à la nourriture et aux besoins essentiels.
  • Les jeunes échappent à la routine qu’était leur vie dans la rue et en marge de la société, et mettent à profit des expériences qui ouvrent leurs horizons
  • Les jeunes développent des relations avec les travailleurs de soutien ce qui peut mener à la solution d’un problème tenant compte du contexte qui leur est propre.
  • Les jeunes ont aussi la chance de créer des liens qui vont bien au-delà des besoins fondamentaux
  • Les jeunes se sentent mieux acceptés pour ce qu’ils sont, contribuant ainsi à atténuer l’impression d’avoir été rejetés par la famille et la société.
  • Les jeunes développent leur confiance et l’estime des autres
  • Les jeunes développent leurs capacités personnelles et professionnelles
  • Les jeunes améliorent leurs conditions de vie.

The initiative

TAPAJ (Alternative work paid by the day) provides young people who are involved in different street trades with the opportunity to become more involved in their community in a positive and constructive way, be paid for their work on a variety of job sites and experience an alternative to their precarious existence.

In stage 1, participants reserve a place at one of the TAPAJ job sites. Each shift is 2.5 to 3 hours and participants are paid at the end of the shift. Job sites include community improvement projects (e.g. landscaping, planting); neighbourhood clean up initiatives (laneways and parks); as well as other opportunities such as working at fairs and expositions.

Individuals ready to move ahead in their lives can move into stage 2, which includes developing and embracing a work plan and personal goals and following up with a support worker twice a month to review goals. It is in this stage that participants gradually get out of shelters, begin to eat as much as they want, make a plan to pay their legal fees and generally begin to move forward.

Impact for youth:

  • Short term impacts include help with income, food and basic needs
  • Youth break out of the routine of street life and social isolation and tap into experiences that broaden their horizons
  • Youth develop relationships with support workers which can lead to problem solving around the unique circumstances of the individuals
  • Youth have to the chance to form connections that go beyond the necessities of life
  • Youth experience a greater sense of being accepted for who they are, which helps to counteract the sense of familial or societal rejection they have
  • Youth develop confidence in others and greater self awareness
  • Youth develop their personal abilities and professional skills
  • Youth improve the condition of their lives.

Les lauréats 2013

 

Le gagnant : Les Habitations L’Escalier, un organisme d’emploi destiné aux jeunes, et exerçant ses activités à Montréal et en Estrie

“Depuis plusieurs mois, j’habite à la maison d’hébergement l’Escalier. Je travaille aux Distributions l’Escalier, c’est ma première job! Grâce à cet emploi, j’ai pu aller travailler de temps en temps à la ferme aux Champêtreries. Ici à la ferme, on n’a pas le choix de se bouger et d’apprendre! J’ai pu aussi rencontrer de nouvelles personnes. Cet endroit me permet de me reposer et de fuir le stress de la ville.  J’aime ça, je peux réfléchir à mon avenir, après cette expérience, je voudrais retourner à l’école. Les intervenants sont très contents de mon travail et ça me donne confiance. Maintenant, je sais trier des oignons, je ne savais même pas que ça se triait ces affaires-là!!”

L’initiative : La Ferme aux Champêtreries, un programme d’employabilité pour les jeunes adultes âgés de 18 à 30 ans éprouvant des difficultés d’insertion au marché du travail en raison d’une faible scolarité, de leur manque d’expérience de travail, de leur problème de dépendance antérieur, de l’instabilité familiale ou de leur situation de précarité économique.

  • Stage rémunéré d’une durée de 6 mois sur une ferme
  • Partenariats avec les employeurs locaux de la région facilitant aux participants la recherche d’emploi à la fin de leur stage

Répercussions chez les jeunes :

  • Développement de compétences transférables sur le plan technique, personnel et social
  • Acquisition d’expérience de travail en horticulture, agriculture, transformation alimentaire, distribution, gestion d’entrepôt, et service à la clientèle
  • Développement des compétences facilitant l’intégration dans la communauté, l’insertion socioprofessionnelle ou scolaire
  • Sentiment d’appartenance au sein d’un groupe social
  • En 2011-12 : 6 mois après leur stage, 55 % des participants étaient à l’emploi, 26 % sont retournés aux études, et 3 % ont entrepris de suivre un nouveau programme de formation à l’emploi.

 

Le gagnant : Niagara Resource Service for Youth (s/n The RAFT) situé à St. Catharines, ON, offre hébergement, services d’approche et aide à la vie autonome aux jeunes sans abri et ceux à haut risque dans toute la région de Niagara.

L’initiative : Youth Reconnect qui vise à ce que les jeunes logés de façon précaire restent à l’école et en lien avec leur communauté. En œuvrant avec les organismes locaux comme partenaires, ce programme de prévention de l’itinérance :

  • Accepte les recommandations faites par des écoles secondaires, partenaires communautaires, organismes de services sociaux et services de police
  • Aide les jeunes à accéder aux ressources et à les rendre plus autonomes
  • Fournit des services de défense des droits, de la formation en dynamique de la vie, un mentorat individuel, et l’accès à un refuge d’urgence
  • Aide les jeunes à trouver un logement abordable, à vivre de façon autonome, et à conserver leur logement
  • Facilite la réunification familiale s’il est possible de le faire en toute sécurité
  • Se concentre sur le soutien aux jeunes afin d’éviter qu’ils adoptent des comportements à haut risque

Répercussions chez les jeunes :

  • Plus de 75 % des participants restent à l’école
  • Plus de 90 % des participants conservent leur logement après 3 mois grâce à ce service et 70 % occupent encore leur logement après 6 mois
  • On estime que 370 jeunes n’ont pas eu besoin d’avoir recours au refuge en 2011
  • 100 % des participants ont déclaré se sentir protégés et soutenus comparativement à seulement 30 % avant de s’adresser aux services
  • Se sentent de plus en plus en lien avec leur propre communauté
  • Connaissent mieux une variété de ressources communautaires et ont une plus grande capacité d’y avoir accès

 

 

Le gagnant : C’est un partenariat de collaboration entre Le Centre de santé autochtone Wabano, le Youville Centre, Opération rentrer au foyer, l’Agence de justice pénale pour adolescents de l’Est de l’Ontario, et Centraide Ottawa.

L’initiative : Le Projet r.é.p.a. offre des services de traitement de la toxicomanie et aussi de prévention et d’intervention précoce à des jeunes fréquentant des milieux scolaires non traditionnels. Chaque organisme partenaire se consacre à une clientèle spécifique telle que jeunes sans abri, jeunes autochtones, mères adolescentes, jeunes dans la rue ou à risque de le devenir.

  • Aide les jeunes à poursuivre leur scolarité
  • Dirige les jeunes vers des services de counselling en toxicomanie et en santé mentale
  • Initiative de collaboration multiorganisationnelle ayant en commun un cadre d’évaluation, une collecte de données et une base pour l’établissement de rapports

Répercussions chez les jeunes:

  • Accès élargi à des services de counselling individuel
  • Amélioration de l’assiduité scolaire
  • Les jeunes s’attaquent à leurs problèmes de santé mentale et de toxicomanie et obtiennent l’équivalent d’un diplôme d’études secondaires
  • Motivation accrue pour cheminer vers une vie autonome et saine
  • Diminution de la participation à des activités à risques élevés

 

Le gagnant : Le YWCA Metro Vancouver, un centre multiservices au service de plus de 55 000 personnes par année grâce à 43 programmes.

L’initiative : Le YWCA Crabtree Corner Housing offre 12 unités de logement de transition, sécuritaire, et apporte du soutien aux jeunes femmes qui se sont libérées de leur toxicomanie ou de leur alcoolisme, sont enceintes, ont donné naissance à un enfant, élèvent actuellement leurs enfants ou se préoccupent d’en reprendre la garde.

  • Logement et soutien pour une période allant jusqu’à 18 mois
  • Initiatives pour surmonter les obstacles liés au logement abordable à long terme telles que subventions pour s’acquitter de dettes en cours – services publics et logement
  • Ressources pour favoriser un développement personnel et professionnel

Répercussions chez les jeunes mères :

  • Soutien à la suite d’une cure de désintoxication (drogues ou alcool)
  • Prise de contact réussie avec les autres ressources communautaires
  • Opportunité de développer des réseaux sociaux et communautaires
  • Les femmes enceintes donnent naissance à des bébés en santé et en ont la garde ou la reprennent si elles l’ont perdue
  • Assurance d’un logement à long terme après avoir quitté Crabtree

2013 Awards Winners

 

 

 

 

 

Winner : Les Habitations L’Escalier, a youth employment organization operating in Montréal and the Eastern Townships of Québec

“For several months now, I’ve been living at a shelter called l’Escalier. I also work at Distributions l’Escalier, and it’s my first job! With this job, I am also able to work from time to time at their Champêtreries farm. I like it there because you are constantly moving and learning new things! This experience allows me to meet new people and it also give me a place to relax and escape the stress of the city. I love it! Living and working at l’Escalier pushes me to think about my future. This has made me realize that I want to go back to school. The intervention team at home and work are very happy with my work and this gives me more confidence. Now I know how to cultivate onions! Before I didn’t even know that you had to rip the onions out of the earth.”

The initiative : La Ferme aux Champêtreries, a job entry program for young adults aged 18 to 30 who face barriers in accessing employment due to low educational achievement, lack of work experience, prior problems with addictions, family instability, and/or a precarious financial situation.

  • Paid work placement for 6 months on a farm
  • Partnerships with local employers in the region facilitates participants finding employment at the end of the placement

Impact for youth :

  •  Develop transferable technical, personal and social skills
  • Gain work experience in horticulture, agriculture, cooking, distribution, warehouse operations, and customer service
  • Skill development makes integration into community, education or occupational pursuits easier
  • Experience being members of a community  
  • In 2011-12: 6 months after placement, 55 % of participants had work, 26% had returned to school, and 3 % embarked on a new training program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner: Niagara Resource Service for Youth (o/a The RAFT) based in St. Catharines, ON provides hostel and outreach services and independent living supports to high risk and homeless youth in throughout Niagara Region.

“I couldn’t live at home anymore. My dad and brother partied all the time and I couldn’t get any sleep or school work done. I missed school all the time because I was staying in Fort Erie and my school was in Ridgeway. My school thought it would be a good to meet Amber [Youth Reconnect Worker] and get some help. We met at my school. She helped me a lot and got me a really nice apartment. I couldn’t go to my high school anymore because I missed so much school. Amber got me into EDVanced where I can catch up on credits faster and be able to graduate on time. I should be able to go back to my high school next year if I get caught up. I would like to be back with my friends. Amber checks up on me all the time making sure I go to class and I know if I need anything she’s always there for me. “ RAFT participant

The initiative: Youth Reconnect which aims to keep precariously housed youth in school and connected to their community.  Working in partnership with local agencies, this homelessness prevention program:

  • Accepts referrals from high schools, community partners, social service agencies and police services
  • Helps youth access resources and increase their self sufficiency
  • Provides advocacy services, life skills training, one-on-one mentoring, and emergency hostel access
  • Helps youth find affordable housing, live independently, and remain housed
  • Facilitates family re-unification whenever possible and safe to do so
  • Focuses on assisting youth reduce involvement in high risk behaviours

Impact for youth:

  • Over 75 % of participants remain in school
  • Over 90 % of participants remain housed after 3 months with the service and 70 % remained housed after 6 months
  • Estimated to have reduced shelter usage by 370 youth individuals in 2011
  • 100 % of participants reported feeling safe and supported compared to only 30 % before connecting with the services
  • Increased feelings of connectedness with their own communities
  • Increased knowledge and ability to access a variety of community resources

 

 

Winner: This is a collaborative inter-agency partnership involving: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, Youville Centre, Operation Come Home, Eastern Ottawa Youth Justice Agency, and United Way Ottawa

“This is the best that I have ever done in my life, I am in school, I’m clean and I got a job.”

“Addiction and Mental Health Counselling helped me to break away from a vicious cycle. I deserve better and my daughter deserves better.”

The initiative: Project s.t.e.p.: provides substance abuse treatment as well as prevention and early intervention for young people in non-traditional academic settings. Each partner agency has a specific client focus, such as homeless youth, Aboriginal youth, teen mothers, at-risk or street involved youth.

  • Helps youth re-engage with academic achievement
  • Connects youth with addictions and mental health counselling
  • Multi-agency collaborative initiative with a common evaluation framework between agencies, common data collection and reporting platform

Impact for youth:

  • Increased access to individual counselling
  • Improved school attendance
  • Youth addressing mental health and addictions challenges and achieving high school equivalency
  • Increased motivation to continue on a path to independence and healthy living
  • Reduced participation in high risk activities

 

 

 

 

Winner: YWCA Metro Vancouver, a multi-service organization serving over 55,000 people annually through 43 programs.

“Crabtree Housing has helped me in so many ways. The support and encouragement I was given to make healthy, life changing choices was the most important piece for me. I was able to overcome my addiction to drugs. I was able to end toxic relationships and get a full-time job. I successfully regained custody of my daughter within a year. I take pride in providing for my daughter today and I am forever grateful to Crabtree’s staff, programs and the clean, safe apartment I lived in while making the most important decisions of my life.” Nora

The initiative: YWCA Crabtree Corner Housing provides 12 units of safe transitional housing and supports for young women who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol addictions and who are pregnant, have recently given birth, are currently parenting or are working to regain custody of their children.

  • Housing and supports are for up to 18 months
  • Initiatives to reduce barriers to affordable long-term housing such as grants to clear outstanding utility and housing debts
  • Resources to support personal and professional development

Impact for young mothers:

  • Support in recovering from drug and/or alcohol use
  • Success in connecting with other community resources
  • Opportunity to develop social and community networks
  • Pregnant women delivering healthy babies and retaining custody or regaining custody
  • Securing long-term housing after leaving Crabtree Corner

 

Les Habitations L’Escalier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner: Les Habitations L’Escalier, a youth employment organization operating in Montréal and the Eastern Townships of Québec

For several months now, I’ve been living at a shelter called l’Escalier. I also work at Distributions l’Escalier, and it’s my first job! With this job, I am also able to work from time to time at their Champêtreries farm. I like it there because you are constantly moving and learning new things! This experience allows me to meet new people and it also give me a place to relax and escape the stress of the city. I love it! Living and working at l’Escalier pushes me to think about my future. This has made me realize that I want to go back to school. The intervention team at home and work are very happy with my work and this gives me more confidence. Now I know how to cultivate onions! Before I didn’t even know that you had to rip the onions out of the earth.

The initiative: La Ferme aux Champêtreries, a job entry program for young adults aged 18 to 30 who face barriers in accessing employment due to low educational achievement, lack of work experience, prior problems with addictions, family instability, and/or a precarious financial situation.

  • Paid work placement for 6 months on a farm
  • Partnerships with local employers in the region facilitates participants finding employment at the end of the placement

Impact for youth:

  •  Develop transferable technical, personal and social skills
  • Gain work experience in horticulture, agriculture, cooking, distribution, warehouse operations, and customer service
  • Skill development makes integration into community, education or occupational pursuits easier
  • Experience being members of a community  
  • In 2011-12: 6 months after placement, 55 % of participants had work, 26% had returned to school, and 3 % embarked on a new training program

Niagara Resource Service for Youth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner – Niagara Resource Service for Youth (o/a The RAFT) based in St. Catharines, ON provides hostel and outreach services and independent living supports to high risk and homeless youth in throughout Niagara Region.

“I couldn’t live at home anymore. My dad and brother partied all the time and I couldn’t get any sleep or school work done. I missed school all the time because I was staying in Fort Erie and my school was in Ridgeway. My school thought it would be a good to meet Amber [Youth Reconnect Worker] and get some help. We met at my school. She helped me a lot and got me a really nice apartment. I couldn’t go to my high school anymore because I missed so much school. Amber got me into EDVanced where I can catch up on credits faster and be able to graduate on time. I should be able to go back to my high school next year if I get caught up. I would like to be back with my friends. Amber checks up on me all the time making sure I go to class and I know if I need anything she’s always there for me. “ RAFT participant

The initiative – Youth Reconnect which aims to keep precariously housed youth in school and connected to their community.  Working in partnership with local agencies, this homelessness prevention program:

  • Accepts referrals from high schools, community partners, social service agencies and police services
  • Helps youth access resources and increase their self sufficiency
  • Provides advocacy services, life skills training, one-on-one mentoring, and emergency hostel access
  • Helps youth find affordable housing, live independently, and remain housed
  • Facilitates family re-unification whenever possible and safe to do so
  • Focuses on assisting youth reduce involvement in high risk behaviours

Impact for youth –

  • Over 75 % of participants remain in school
  • Over 90 % of participants remain housed after 3 months with the service and 70 % remained housed after 6 months
  • Estimated to have reduced shelter usage by 370 youth individuals in 2011
  • 100 % of participants reported feeling safe and supported compared to only 30 % before connecting with the services
  • Increased feelings of connectedness with their own communities
  • Increased knowledge and ability to access a variety of community resources

Project s.t.e.p.

 

 

 

Winner: This is a collaborative inter-agency partnership involving: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, Youville Centre, Operation Come Home, Eastern Ottawa Youth Justice Agency, and United Way Ottawa

“This is the best that I have ever done in my life, I am in school, I’m clean and I got a job.”

“Addiction and Mental Health Counselling helped me to break away from a vicious cycle. I deserve better and my daughter deserves better.”

The initiative: Project s.t.e.p.: provides substance abuse treatment as well as prevention and early intervention for young people in non-traditional academic settings. Each partner agency has a specific client focus, such as homeless youth, Aboriginal youth, teen mothers, at-risk or street involved youth.

  • Helps youth re-engage with academic achievement
  • Connects youth with addictions and mental health counselling
  • Multi-agency collaborative initiative with a common evaluation framework between agencies, common data collection and reporting platform

Impact for youth:

  • Increased access to individual counselling
  • Improved school attendance
  • Youth addressing mental health and addictions challenges and achieving high school equivalency
  • Increased motivation to continue on a path to independence and healthy living
  • Reduced participation in high risk activities

YWCA Metro Vancouver

 

 

 

 

Winner: YWCA Metro Vancouver, a multi-service organization serving over 55,000 people annually through 43 programs.

Crabtree Housing has helped me in so many ways. The support and encouragement I was given to make healthy, life changing choices was the most important piece for me. I was able to overcome my addiction to drugs. I was able to end toxic relationships and get a full-time job. I successfully regained custody of my daughter within a year. I take pride in providing for my daughter today and I am forever grateful to Crabtree’s staff, programs and the clean, safe apartment I lived in while making the most important decisions of my life. Nora

The initiative: YWCA Crabtree Corner Housing provides 12 units of safe transitional housing and supports for young women who are recovering from drug and/or alcohol addictions and who are pregnant, have recently given birth, are currently parenting or are working to regain custody of their children.

  • Housing and supports are for up to 18 months
  • Initiatives to reduce barriers to affordable long-term housing such as grants to clear outstanding utility and housing debts
  • Resources to support personal and professional development

Impact for young mothers:

  • Support in recovering from drug and/or alcohol use
  • Success in connecting with other community resources
  • Opportunity to develop social and community networks
  • Pregnant women delivering healthy babies and retaining custody or regaining custody
  • Securing long-term housing after leaving Crabtree Corner