Taking care of themselves
We offer homeless youth a judgment-free space where they can take a “time out” to collect their thoughts and build up the inner strength needed to take positive steps forward, either by working to improve their mental and physical health or by pursuing work or school opportunities.
Youth living on the street or in high-risk situations are often undernourished. This can affect their energy, their mental health, and their behaviour. For this reason, food plays an important role in three of our core services.
- Our Day Centre cafeteria provides nutritionally balanced meals and a place where youth can meet, learn, and receive the comfort they need.
- Food is also served at the Bunker seven days a week, 365 days a year.
- Our Van crew of over 125 volunteers also distributes food, a warm drink, and personal care products year-round to youth on the street, in addition to providing a place to warm up and talk to someone about what they need.
In addition to helping them learn much-needed life skills, these services strengthen their self-worth and sense of belonging.
As a result of these efforts, and the generosity of the community, our youth have access to basic necessities, clothing, and even household goods twice-weekly, Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
We also operate a 3,000-square-foot warehouse where we store the items generously donated to Dans la rue and a depot where these items are handed out twice-weekly to those in need.