Vision, Mission, Goals & Values

"Durham Youth Housing and Support Services is committed to our vision and our mission to serve at-risk and homeless youth in Durham Region."

Our Vision

All youth have a place to call home where they feel welcomed, accepted and valued; and where youth are equal as partners in creating a better community.

Our Mission

To address the needs of at risk and homeless youth in Durham Region by working with youth and other community partners to provide opportunities for youth that will support their success.

Our Goals

  • Establish a 13-bed emergency shelter for youth, ages 16-24 (Opened April 7, 2008)
  • Establish a transitional program to engage and empower youth
  • To become the link between youth in need and the continuum of support services in Durham Region
  • Become an employer of choice in Durham Region for those committed to working with youth in need

Our Values

  • We are accountable to our youth clients, community, and funders
  • We respect youth
  • We embrace and celebrate diversity
  • We promote accessible programs and services
  • We respect and value individual creativity, talents and experience
  • We facilitate and promote community partnerships
  • We are committed to long-term, holistic solutions

"The purpose of Durham Youth Housing and Support Services is to provide much needed shelter, housing and support services and to build partnerships across the community through faith groups, service organizations, government and other youth service providers working to meet the needs of homeless and at-risk youth."

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