impact report
2014/2015

Mission

Youth Without Shelter is an emergency residence and referral agency serving homeless youth. We are dedicated to providing shelter and support programs for homeless youth, ages 16-24. We provide an independent shelter, committed to diverse, client-focused services, in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Our programs enable youth to live responsibly and independently in society.

VISION Ending homelessness…one youth at a time, one step at a time.

VALUES Accountability, client-focused, collaboration, communication, creativity, excellence, diversity, integrity, respect.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR Moez Bawania VICE CHAIR and TREASURER Nick Viris SECRETARY Mohamedali Dharamshi PAST CHAIR and DIRECTOR David Mielke Directors Janet Bray, Halinka Dybka, Talya Gaborieau, Fariyal Hasham, Tracey Irwin, Abbas Kassam, Dave Mathews, Tony Small

ADVISORY BOARD Dan Shea

RESILIENCE BASED CASE MANAGEMENT Youth Without Shelter practices resilience based case management which is based on identifying and building upon the strengths of each youth. For most it may be the first time an authority figure has recognized their abilities and indicated belief in their capability to achieve success. This greatly improves the youth’s self-esteem and builds the confidence needed to achieve their goals.

Management Letter

We are honored to be a part of an organization that is as steadfast and innovative as Youth Without Shelter. It is through collaboration with regional and local partners as well as really listening to the voices of our youth that we have been able to change the course of the lives of young people who face homelessness.

Finding the will to do what is necessary and prompt social change is a challenge that staff at Youth Without Shelter have taken on admirably over the past 29 years. Our staff provides a high level of care and support for our youth that is only achieved because it comes from a place of genuine compassion and belief in the potential of young people that are homeless. It is this belief that inspires our staff to innovate and find new ways to connect with young people, provide unique supports, and explore fresh ideas.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our funders, donors and volunteers. "I am the impact of donations to the shelter. What I have achieved would not be possible without all those who support YWS", as one youth put it. Each contribution, whether monetary or non-monetary, is significant and moves us forward in our mission to end youth homelessness, one youth at a time.

Looking ahead we understand that breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and poverty, often times the root cause of youth homelessness, will continue to be a challenge. There are no easy answers; however, we are committed to providing youth that are homeless the care and support needed to reach their full potential. In the upcoming year, the Board of Directors will embark upon a comprehensive strategic planning process and our hope is, as we begin this next chapter of our journey, we will find new and better ways to tackle this challenge together.

Thank you for your ongoing support and for sharing in our youths' remarkable journey to self-sufficiency and empowerment.


Moez Bawania
Chairman of the Board

Wendy Horton, CAE
Executive Director

Our Programs

EMERGENCY RESIDENTIAL

Our 30 bed residential program addresses the needs of diverse youth who unfortunately share something in common; they are victims of abuse, abandonment or have no family at all. Youth Without Shelter welcomes each resident into our brightly painted, comfortable environment and provides crisis counseling, safe shelter, nutritious food, clothing and hygiene products.

EMPLOYMENT

The youth unemployment rate is at an all-time high. Considering this and the fact that our clients have no fixed address and in many cases limited education, the challenge for our youth to find employment can be daunting. Our employment councillor provides assessments, job searching assistance, resume writing and interview skills development along with employment appropriate clothing. Connections to training programs, career shadowing and volunteer opportunities are also made.

HOUSING

The young people at Youth Without Shelter often encounter socio-economic status and age discrimination when seeking housing. Our housing workers guide and support them through the process of attaining permanent housing. When housing is obtained, workers provide them with household goods and referrals for necessary furniture. In order to ensure the stability of the youth's housing, we continue to offer support to former residents with laundry facilities, a food bank, housing worker meetings as needed and a bi-weekly social program.

STAY IN SCHOOL

The 20 bed Stay in School Program addresses the many barriers homeless youth face in completing their education. Along with safe housing, clothing, hygiene products, nutritious food and counseling, the program provides those things that enable youth to succeed in school. Tutoring, computer time, school supplies, transportation and perhaps most importantly, support and encouragement are provided on an ongoing basis.

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

The Educational Outreach Program's interactive workshops, conducted in grades 3-12 in local schools, break down stereotypes and myths and introduce the student to the realities of youth homelessness. The goal of the program is to build knowledge, tolerance and empathy. An additional goal is to the make the students aware of the resources in that community that can provide assistance in preventing and responding to family emergencies.

STEPS TO SUCCESS

The majority of youth who seek our aid have poor life skills. In order to address their needs, the Steps to Success Program offers a variety of workshops presented by our staff as well as partner agencies. Topics such as budgeting, healthy sexuality, substance use, anger management, communication skills, among many others are presented. Recreational activities are also provided to develop social skills and ease some of the inordinate daily pressures these youth face.

I have been residing at Youth Without Shelter for three months. Prior to arriving I was scared, in a bad situation and did not know anyone to help me feel better. I had no choice but to turn to Youth Without Shelter.

The staff helped me feel at ease through their counselling support. Frontline staff are always available to listen to me and guide me through family problems and relationships. I know I can count on them to give me all available options so that I can make informed decisions about my future. Being at YWS I always feel safe as staff have continued to show me how responsible and careful they are about the safety of residents. Case managers have been very supportive in helping me register for school, transfer to work closer to the shelter, as well as providing me with future housing options.

It is hard to believe how my life has changed and improved for the better in such a short amount of time. I entered YWS not knowing what to expect and am now enrolled in school and employed. I am currently in grade 12. Next year I will be at Humber College taking Child and Youth Care Worker. My dream job is to help youth and make a difference in their lives the same way staff at YWS have helped me. Thank you to YWS for providing me with a home away from home.

—Rhonda's Story

MEASURING IMPACT

EMERGENCY RESIDENCE

Issue: 10,000 homeless youth in Toronto in one year or 3 out of every 100 youth are homeless in Toronto

Impact:
10,455 safe bed nights
52,275 meals/snacks
12,630 hygiene products
4,621 case management meetings
663 clothing items
2,597 referrals
1,781 client goals completed

EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Issue: Youth unemployment in Toronto is 18.1%.

Impact:
78 employed
868 case management meetings
21 employment workshops
196 employment clothing items
285 transportation assistance

HOUSING PROGRAM

Issue: Vacancy rates in Toronto are 1.7%

Impact:
77 permanently housed
959 housing meetings
20 housing workshops
1,361 former resident stabilizing supports

STAY IN SCHOOL PROGRAM

Issue: Unemployment rates among high school drop-outs are twice that of high school graduates.

Impact:
7,066 safe bed nights
35,322 meals/snacks
944 hygiene products
896 school supplies
517 monthly transportation passes
13 school graduations

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

Issue: Homeless youth find it hard to connect with teaching staff and peers at school who cannot understand what they are experiencing.

Impact:
45 workshops
1,433 student attendees

STEPS TO SUCCESS PROGRAM

Issue: Many homeless youth lack the life skills necessary to live independently.

Impact:
417 workshops
2,467 attendees

A member of our church referred my sister and I to Youth Without Shelter. When we got there, we were welcomed and made to feel at home. I used to call it shelter but after sometime I called it home. I met with different people with different dreams and staff that always made sure you were on track with school and life. You not only provide us with food but give us hope and a reason to live. Now I am a 17 year old boy in college studying mechanical engineering and my sister is in her second year studying nursing. I know everyone is proud of us. What contributed to our success is the help that we got from the shelter. There were just so much help coming from different angles that is why I called it home. Apart from my success, coming to this shelter helped build my self-esteem. I used to be really shy and anti-social but now I associate with people! Thank you for the help and the smile that you put on everyone's faces every day.

—Jeffery & Jennifer's Story

Volunteers

"To all of you who contribute to Youth Without Shelter in any way, I have no way to express my gratitude to you other than to say you do more than build lives, you save them."

—Former YWS youth resident

Total # volunteers: 2,926

Who are YWS volunteers?:
31% employee groups, 17% faith groups, 47% event and project volunteers and 5% individuals.

What do our volunteers do:
board of directors, fundraising, finance and human resource committees, inspire, paint, garden, cook, sand, bake, plan, package, assemble, organize, instruct, tutor, educate.

Total # volunteer hours donated:
14, 594 hours or 608 days or 1.6 years!

Total # of employee group projects:
62 projects helped make YWS feel like home.

Total # of nutritious meals provided by volunteers:
155 meals from Early Bird Breakfasts to BBQ lunches to home style dinners nourished our youth.

I resided at Youth Without Shelter for three years in the Stay in School Program. The staff was patient and caring with me since the first day I entered the shelter's doors. They helped me when I needed help and became my family and close friends when I had no family and was lonely. I can recall very clearly when I first came in, I was so hesitant in life of where to go, even of what I wanted to be. I was in my darkest days of my life but through all this the shelter staff was supporting me. Through all my mistakes and struggles YWS welcomed me with open arms and continued to show me the support I needed.

I wouldn't have been the adult I'm today if I didn't have the support YWS gave me. In the coming years I plan to get my bachelor of aviation and pilot license. Thank you for taking the time to look beyond my struggles and mistakes.

—Victor's Story

DONATIONS/FUNDRAISING & Fiscal RESPONSIBILITY

"YWS has so many supports to offer you. But it is you who must take the steps to make the changes in your life. I am a product of YWS. Yes I did the actions, but you were there with the supports."

—Former YWS youth resident

YWS commits your donation with care to enhance the investment in the young people who call Youth Without Shelter home. An estimated 86 % of every dollar donated is directed to specialized youth programs and support, with only a 14% cost for administration and fundraising.

To ensure transparency with our donors, a minimum of three years of our Annual Impact Reports and Audited Financial Statements are posted on the YWS website along with year over year statistical outcomes in key support programs. YWS donation programs adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights adopted by the Canadian Association of Fundraising Professionals.

In 2014 for the fifth year YWS was recognized by Charity Intelligence as a top charitable pick for your donations: for leadership, cost-efficiency and, most importantly, bottom line results in getting the job done in helping our youth clients.

At YWS we lead in collaboration with a dedicated volunteer board of directors, fundraising, human resource and finance/audit committees to carry out our mission.

Financial

The Fiscal 2014-2015 Condensed Statement of Financial Position and Condensed Statement of Operations are derived from the Audited Financial Statements of Youth Without Shelter (auditor: Cowperthwaite Mehta Chartered Accountants). A copy of the entire Audited Financial Statements may be obtained by calling Youth Without Shelter’s Executive Director 416 748-0110 ext.23 or on our website www.yws.on.ca.

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION AS AT MARCH 31, 2015

Assets

Current Assets
2015
2014
Cash
355,415
244,118
Short-Term Investments
246,136
265,953
Accounts Receivable
76,969
73,388
Prepaid Expenses and Deposits
21,692
31,479
 
700,212
614,938
Internally Restricted Investments
449,817
449,817
Property and Equipment
2,133,078
2,194,628
Assets Held in Trust
16,054
16,139
 
3,299,161
3,275,522

LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS

Current Liabilities
 
 
Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities
67,258
44,799
Deferred Revenue
106,305
55,084
 
173,563
99,883
Deferred Property and Equipment Grants
654,870
570,931
Long-term Forgivable Capital Loan
1,073,334
1,226,667
Funds Held in Trust
16,054
16,139
 
1,917,821
1,913,620
Net Assets
 
 
Designated for Capital and Contingency Funds
449,817
449,817
Invested in Property and Equipment
404,874
397,030
Unrestricted
526,649
515,055
 
1,381,340
1,361,902
 
3,299,161
3,275,522

STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 2015

Revenue

2015
2014
Government Funding
1,109,682
1,067,774
Grants and Fundraising
1,085,755
922,849
United Way
176,113
181,113
Other
8,294
12,717
Amortization of Deferred Grants
125,100
120,014
Total Revenue
2,504,944
2,304,467

Expense

 
 
Residential Program
957,480
880,793
Stay in School Program
580,756
527,826
Steps to Success Program
109,626
111,297
Housing Program
144,106
128,949
Administration
161,897
100,665
Fundraising
204,252
241,782
Volunteer Program
77,620
61,570
Educational Outreach
54,017
39,069
Employment Program
78,496
66,228
Amortization
117,256
134,980
Total Expense
2,485,506
2,293,159
Excess of revenue over expenses
19,438
11,308

Thank you

"I am the impact of donations to the shelter. What I have achieved would not have been possible without all those who support YWS."

—Former YWS youth resident
(now a public health nurse)

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO EACH ONE OF OUR INDIVIDUAL DONORS!

Primary Funding Partners

  • City of Toronto
  • United Way Toronto

Adopt-A-Bed Monthly Donors

  • Eddie Alkemade
  • George Amaral
  • Debbie Auty
  • Nicola Browne
  • Lynn Campbell
  • Trista Chan
  • John & Caroline Cho
  • Nicole Craig
  • Joseph Gamache
  • Andrew Gault
  • Caroline Holden
  • Wendy Horton
  • David Lawson
  • Sarah Lerchs
  • Simone Lindo
  • Lynn Manning
  • Caroline Marshall
  • Sheila Masters
  • David Mielke
  • Karin Miskovsky
  • Muzunza Musumbulwa
  • Rhonda Nemeth
  • Misato Okutsu
  • Janet Percival
  • Michael Reel
  • Michael Reisacher
  • Morgan Russell
  • Fazeeda Sarju
  • Holly Simpson
  • Lynne Strathern
  • Eva Swenson
  • Judith Weir
  • William Wilson
  • Ahmet Yazar

Room Mates Donors

  • Bangia Family
  • Barker Family
  • Bromstein Family
  • Janssen Inc.
  • Karen Trimble
  • Mentor Educational Inc.
  • Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada
  • Rotary Club of Etobicoke
  • Vallis Family

Corporate Community

  • Aecon Group Inc.
  • AJB Software
  • Albion Bakery Supplies
  • Ariad Custom Publishing
  • Bake Sale Inc.
  • Benecaid Health Benefit Solution Inc.
  • Bond Brand Loyalty
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc.
  • Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.
  • Canada Bread Company Limited
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
  • CD Cook General Contracting Ltd.
  • CIBC Mellon
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport
  • Da Vinci Banquet Hall
  • Edelman Toronto
  • File Bank
  • General Mills Canada Corporation
  • GUESS? Canada
  • Hewlett Packard (Canada) Company
  • HMS Host of Canada
  • Intuit
  • Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
  • Jang Contracting Ltd.
  • Janssen Inc.
  • Jeaniologie Inc.
  • Levi Strauss & Company Canada Ltd.
  • Mark's Work Wearhouse (Milton)
  • Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada
  • Montgomery Alterations and Dry Cleaning
  • National Silicates Ltd.
  • Orbis Canada Limited
  • Pizza Pizza Training Centre
  • Pumpernickel's Deli & Catering
  • QBE Services Inc.
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
  • Schneider Electric
  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
  • TD Bank Financial Group
  • TD Wealth
  • Testing Laboratories of Canada
  • The Woodbridge Corporation
  • Tim Hortons
  • TJX Canada
  • Toronto FC
  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Unilever
  • UPS Canada Ltd.
  • Vending Products of Canada
  • Williamson-Dickie Canada Co.
  • Woodbine Entertainment Group
  • Zenith Optimedia

Faith Communities

  • Bedford Park United Church
  • Bereca Ministries International
  • BLD Covenant Community
  • Bloordale United Church
  • Bread of Life Ministries
  • Churchill Meadows Christian Church
  • Church of God 7th Day Pillar and Ground of Truth
  • Faith of Life
  • Fellowship Presbyterian Church
  • Holiness Apostolic Tabernacle Inc.
  • Humber Valley United Church
  • Humber Valley United Church Women
  • Imadul Islamic Centre
  • Islington Evangel Centre
  • Islington United Church
  • Kingsway-Lambton United Church Outreach Committee
  • Kingsway-Lambton United Church Women
  • Martin Grove Baptist Church
  • Martin Grove United Church Outreach Committee
  • Mount Olive Seven Day Adventists Church
  • Royal York Road United Church
  • Sai Nilayam Spiritual Organization
  • St. Matthias Anglican Church
  • Toronto Perth Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Triumphant Church of Jesus Christ
  • University Bible Fellowship Church
  • Westway United Church

Foundations

  • Aston Family Foundation
  • Charities Aid Foundation Drive
  • Christina Mary Hendrie Trust for Scottish and Canadian Charities
  • CHUM Charitable Foundation
  • Drew Hildebrand Teen Benefit Fund
  • Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation
  • Green Shield Benefits Association
  • Jays Care Foundation
  • Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation
  • Norman Black Foundation
  • Paloma Foundation
  • REALTORS Care Foundation
  • St. Judes Project for Homeless Youth
  • The Bedolfe Foundation
  • The C. Dennis Flynn Foundation
  • The Gandy Charitable Foundation
  • The Home Depot Foundation
  • The UPS Foundation
  • The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Toronto Foundation
  • Toskan Casale Foundation
  • Trek for Teens Foundation Inc.
  • Winkworth Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga

Agencies, Associations, Clubs and Schools

  • Arts Etobicoke
  • Baycrest
  • Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts
  • C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute
  • David Suzuki Public School
  • Etobicoke Quilters Guild
  • Greenwood College School
  • Humanity First- York University
  • Humbercrest Public School
  • I.O.D.E. Kathleen Drope Chapter
  • Jazz at R.Y. Royal York United Church
  • John D. Parker Elementary School
  • John G. Althouse Middle School
  • Junior League of Toronto
  • Kids Help Phone
  • Kiwanis Club of Islington
  • Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Grace Council, 3401
  • Lakeview Lodge #272 I.O.O.F.
  • Mentor Educational Inc.
  • Monsignor Percy Johnson School
  • Montrose Public School
  • North York Harvest Food Bank
  • Rotary Club of Etobicoke
  • Sacred Heart Separate School
  • Second Harvest
  • St. Theresa Shrine Catholic School
  • Sterling Iroquois Rock Hard Men's Group
  • Teachers Life Insurance Society
  • The Backpacks 101 Project
  • The Phoenix Montessori School Inc.
  • United Way Ottawa
  • Weston Lions Club
  • Windfall Clothing

A home for the holidays 2014

  • Cineplex Entertainment LP
  • Clockwork Productions
  • David's Tea (Sherway Gardens)
  • Foodland (Thorncrest Plaza)
  • Graphic Apparel
  • Lakeview Lodge #272 I.O.O.F.
  • Michael T. Photography & Design Inc.
  • Ogilvy CommonHealth
  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
  • Starbucks Coffee Company (Bloor & Thompson; Bloor & Grenview; Dundas & Auckland; Six Points Plaza

Cover Me Urban 2014

  • A-1 Delivery Service
  • Admill Group
  • Allain, Isabella & McLean
  • AROMA
  • AURA by Cashew & Clive
  • Best Portuguese Chicken
  • Cheese Boutique
  • CocoMira
  • Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport
  • Cummings Cooper Schusheim Berliner LLP
  • El Catrin
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Executive Caterers of Barrie
  • Gelato Fresco
  • Globe & Mail
  • Halifax Chronicle Herald
  • iSource Print Solutions
  • KPMG MSLP
  • La Presse
  • Liaison College
  • Lowe-Martin Group
  • Medium Rare
  • Metro Media Sales
  • Metroland Media Group Limited
  • Mill St. Brewery
  • More Than Pies
  • MPI Print
  • Networth
  • Oyster Bay Wines (Canada) Limited
  • PDI
  • PepsiCo
  • Postmedia Network Inc.
  • Prospect Media
  • Puh-Nash
  • Quebecor Media Sales
  • SOS Design
  • Sultan of Samosas
  • Trade Secret Web Printing
  • VIBO Restaurant
  • Yorkshire Pudding Inc.

On the Right Track 2014

  • Avison Young Real Estate Management Services
  • Bake Sale
  • Barcrow Transport Inc.
  • BTI Brand Innovations Inc.
  • Contac
  • Lakeview Lodge #272 I.O.O.F.
  • Pattison Outdoor Advertising
  • Schneider-Electric Services Employees
  • Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
  • TD Bank Group
  • The Hillyer Family
  • Transitions Edge
  • UPS Canada
  • Woodbine Entertainment Group
  • Yamana Gold Inc.

Tokens4Change 2015

  • Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Category 5
  • Faren Agency
  • KiSS 92.5
  • Mantella Corporation
  • Pattison Outdoor Advertising
  • Pattison One Stop
  • Tangerine
  • Rogers Media Inc.

Tokens4Change 2015 Partner Schools

  • A.Y. Jackson Secondary School
  • Blyth Academy Lawrence Park
  • Blyth Academy Yorkville
  • Brooklyn College
  • Crawford Adventist Academy
  • Crescent School
  • Downsview Secondary School
  • The Dragon Academy
  • Etobicoke Collegiate Institute
  • Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School
  • Fieldstone King's College School
  • FutureSkills High School
  • George Brown College School of ESL
  • Greenwood College School
  • Havergal College
  • Hudson College
  • Humber College
  • La Citadelle
  • Martin Grove Collegiate Institute
  • Senator O'Connor College School
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Collegiate Institute
  • St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School
  • University of Toronto
  • Upper Canada College
  • YMCA Academy

"Every time I step foot in the shelter, I am always uplifted by my interactions with the youth and the staff. I feel very strongly that all youth should be allowed to think, dream and believe they can be who they want to be. Although many of the youth at YWS are dealing with limiting situations, their hope, spirit and plans can definitely move them forward on their journey to living out their goals."

—Nicole Craig, YWS volunteer

Together, we are providing the resources and tools for homeless youth to reach their full potential.

Change does not happen overnight. Your continued investment in these incredible young people will break the cycle of abuse, neglect and poverty, which is the root of most youth homelessness. Your gift can be made on-line at www.yws.on.ca, by cheque or credit card or consider a legacy or gift in honour of a significant person in your life.

To discuss gift options please reach out to our Development Office at 416.748.0110 ext. 26 or communications@yws.on.ca.