Safe Haven Youth Services
Safe Haven Youth Services provides a safe, supportive and caring place for up to 10 youth who need emergency shelter and support, or planned respite care.
Our qualified and caring staff help youth develop life skills such as conflict resolution, emotion management and relationship building strategies. We support youth to continue their education and learn about health and wellness, and we connect them to a variety of community-based services to ensure ongoing support. Based on individual needs and eligibility, supports are also available for family reunification and for securing sustainable housing in the community. Safe Haven Youth Services strives to provide every youth with the resources and support necessary to address their immediate crisis and to build the skills required to prevent reoccurrence.
Safe Haven Youth Services offers:
- Assistance with family reintegration and housing services
- Assistance attending school and community activities
- Connections to other community-based youth and family supports and services
- Food, clothing, laundry and shower facilities
Crisis Services offers immediate admission to our shelter on a 24 hour/7 day a week basis to youth that are experiencing a crisis and need a safe place to stay. This program helps prevent further crisis, reduces the risk of homelessness, and provides support to develop a positive resolution so youth return to their home or find an alternative safe place to live. We help youth and their families/guardians find strategies to work through their immediate crisis and connect them to community resources for ongoing support.
Youth from the age of 12 up to their 18th birthday can access this service. Youth can self-refer or be referred by family, schools, hospitals, police, and health and social service agencies. Youth, aged 16 and 17 who do not have a parent/guardian to return to, may also be provided with Life Launch Services.
Respite Services offers parents/caregivers and youth a break by providing short-term temporary care of youth who are experiencing difficulties within their home environments. Pre-planned one or two night stays at Safe Haven help reduce the amount of crisis occurring within the home while the youth is on the waitlist for or accessing a treatment program, or while the youth is transitioning home from a treatment or community program. Youth are provided with opportunities to learn positive life and social skills which benefit their wellbeing and relationships at school, in the community and with their family.
Youth from the age of 12 up to their 18th birthday are eligible for this service. Youth can be referred by hospitals, health and social service agencies, schools and/or their family.
Life Launch offers shelter and supports to youth who have accessed our Crisis Service and are looking for independent living housing options. Staff will support youth to develop a housing plan, find suitable housing options and connect them with other resources within the community. Youth will also be supported to develop positive life and social skills to help them successfully live independently. The goal of this service is to help youth find suitable, long-term housing arrangements.
Youth are eligible for this service from the age of 16 up to their 18th birthday and can access this service through our Crisis Services.
Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day by contacting our Kitchener Housing Office.
Due to ongoing funding challenges, some services have a fee.