The Haven – Winter 2009

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It was predicted in January 2005 that Kyle would not last more than a month in The Carriage House Alternative Education Program. Three and a half years and 17 credits later, Kyle did it! He graduated from PCVS on Oct. 23, 2009, with his Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Kyle didn’t fit the typical definition of a high school student. He’d been denied registration at Crestwood Secondary School because he was 18 and had only completed 13 credits. Luckily, the KPRDSB had recently established the Carriage House, an alternative education program for current and ex-Y.E.S. clients.

Kyle spent his first year at The Carriage House with sunglasses on all the time, sitting at a desk in the same corner of the room. By the end of his second year Kyle was the life of the classroom – flirting like a gentleman, but always sincere and consistently working hard. Kyle worked part-time with his dad’s business after attending morning classes. “The classroom isn’t the same without him,” says Weigh, “and I know the connection we have with Kyle will last well beyond his years here.”

When Kyle graduated he wrote the following words to be read out as he received his diploma: “I was a guy who was given a second chance and I ran with it. Thanks to all those who supported me on the way.”

A Y.E.S. STORY – Stacey Langman

A young man showed up at the Youth Emergency Shelter on a summer night. He was hungry, had no clothes and no parents to go home to. Word on the street was that Y.E.S. would give you food, a place to stay, and help get you back on track.

Once the young man was stabilized, he was introduced to the Transitional Life Skills Program. This program helps youth to recognize the skills that they have and acquire new skills in order to be a productive member of our society. Y.E.S. provides this support to shelter residents, as well as to youth under the care of other agencies or who are receiving Ontario Works or Ontario Disabilities payments. The young man began his individualized program which introduced him to all necessary skills and supports to be able to live on his own.

Soon, the young man was moved to Abbott House, the shelter’s second stage housing facility. The house can hold up to twelve residents with supervision from a house mentor and a one-to-one worker. In partnership with the Children’s Aid Society, Y.E.S. also operates a third stage housing facility which provides longer term, more independent housing for young women aged 16 to 18.

After staying for a year at Abbott House, the young man moved to his own apartment. He continues to have support when needed, continues to work on his schooling, and has a part time job.
Kyle Curtis in the classroom at The Carriage House in the 2008/2009 school year. Kyle completed his last Secondary School credit in June 2009 and graduated at PCVS on October 23/2009.


In February 2009, with nowhere to turn, Tamara (21) and her eight month old son, Kevin, found refuge from an abusive relationship at Y.E.S. During her stay in the family section at Y.E.S., Tamara received dedicated and ongoing support from case manager, Wyatt Lamoureux. After four months, Tamara was back on her feet and able to secure her own apartment and find an excellent day care facility for her son.

Today, Tamara attends school at the Center for Individual Studies, maintaining an 85% average. Tamara receives ongoing support from Karen Scott (CYW) at the Carriage House School. “Karen is a super mentor and has been a great help to me,” says Tamara. “She continues to help me with school and life skills. Karen is a wonderful, caring person who goes above and beyond the call of duty.”

Tamara plans to become a personal trainer in order to support others in achieving their personal goals. Thanks in part to the support offered at Y.E.S., Tamara is well on her way to achieving her own personal goal of making a better life for her and her son.



This school year there are 30 students registered at the Carriage House working towards secondary school credits. As of November, seven students had already earned seven credits, with another 43 credits in progress. Since the program began in November 2004 the Carriage House has seen 288 students attending and 332.5 credits completed!
This year, PCVS is providing the Carriage House with a Construction Technology teacher for one period a day, allowing the shelter’s professionally equipped woodshop to be FULLY utilized as a training and educational resource. Four students are completing credits in the shop and, with the guidance and support of teacher Mike Simmons, have already completed projects that they can use in their own homes.



Y.E.S. relies on support from the community to augment our operating budget and provide special programs for youth and families. Please consider helping us out. Donations by cash or cheque can be mailed or dropped off to the shelter at 196 Brock St., Peterborough, ON, K9H 2P4. Donations can also be made online – visit our website at and click on the Canada Helps link. Donations over $10 are issued a tax receipt.


Y.E.S. is always in need of gently used clothing (for children and youth) and new personal items such as shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, dental floss, hairbrushes, underwear and socks. Currently we are working to replace the flooring on our main level – donations of materials or dedicated cash donations are welcome. We also need dedicated cash donations for new mattresses. If you can help, contact the shelter at 705-748-3851.


If you or a youth or family you know has ended up homeless, Y.E.S. can help. We provide emergency and transitional housing for youth aged 16-24 and for families, as well as a variety of related programs and services. The shelter is located at 196 Brock St., across from Price Chopper, in downtown Peterborough. We’re open 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. Call 705-748-3851 or visit our website at