Every evening we are open, we offer a drop-in period where we serve the youth a hot meal, snacks and provide toiletry supplies. For many youth, this will be their only meal of the day where they get to sit down in a safe environment and feel worth by being served, plus get necessary supplies to help them maintain a healthy hygiene.
By serving them food, it offers us the opportunity to start building relationships and trust where in time many youth will feel comfortable in having honest conversations with staff and volunteers.
We offer a relatively low key environment with engaging activities readily available. These include board and card games, movie nights, arts and crafts and occasional special theme nights. A strong emphasis is on building healthy relationships. Help is also provided in the form of low key mental health support, conflict management and pastoral care with informal referrals being made to deeper community support where indicated.
Youth from all backgrounds, religion and culture have always been welcome. We offer a respectful, temporary safe environment where the youth will not be judged nor rejected.
Haven Youth Care Centre
Friday Nights 9:00pm to 11:30pm
Saturday Nights 10:00pm to 11:30pm
Sunday Nights 9:00pm to 11:30pm
Monday Nights 10:00pm to 11:30pm
First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier Street (at Elgin) Ottawa, ON K1P 5J4