Peterborough’s Youth Emergency Shelter will mark its tenth year in operation with a public celebration at The Junction on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The local shelter opened its doors in December of 2002, and has provided emergency housing and support for more than 4000 youth and families since that time.
“It’s hard to believe ten years have gone by,” said founding staff member Vanessa Ferrari. “When the shelter opened we could only dream that it would still be in operation this many years down the road.”
The anniversary celebration will run from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and will include entertainment by local musician Doug Horner, a cake cutting and comments from key individuals in the shelter’s ten year history. “We’re hoping anyone with an interest in Y.E.S. and its work in this community will drop by, especially anyone who has worked or volunteered at the shelter or supported us through donations,” said Executive Director Walter Johnstone.
Y.E.S. provides emergency and transitional housing for youth and families in the Peterborough area. It also offers a variety of support services, including the Carriage House alternative classroom, a food cupboard, and employment and training programs in conjunction with other community agencies.