YES has a long history of serving the community, person by person and as a whole. 


  • 1999 YES Committee receives first organizational funding from the United Way, allowing the hiring of staff to research and develop a shelter proposal.
  • 2000 YES of Peterborough incorporates as a not-for-profit charitable organization.
  • 2000/01 Operation of a “temporary” shelter (5 beds) with funds received from the Federal Government. This facility served 17 youth over 4 months.
  • 2001 Property at 196 Brock Street purchased for renovations/construction of emergency shelter (funded by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation).
  • 2002 Experience Youth Employment Program employs more than 20 youth to assist with construction of the shelter building
  • 2002 December – YES opens to homeless youth on Dec. 20, after 15 months of construction. Although some parts of the building are still under construction, the shelter has two clients almost immediately. By mid-February 2003, that number had grown to 20.
  • 2003 February – YES official Open House is attended by more than 500 visitors.
  • 2004 Transition facility for youth “Abbott House” opens.
  • 2004 September – Carriage House alternative classroom opens (in partnership with Kawartha Pineridge District School Board).
  • 2007 Emergency Food Cupboard begins operating (in cooperation with Kawartha Food Share).
  • 2007 YES officially begins offering shelter to families (although families had been welcomed since early 2006).
  • 2013 Youth-In Transition Worker program begins to provide transitional supports for youth with current or past involvement with the Children’s Aid Society.
  • 2015 Increased funding from United Way of Peterborough allows YES to hire a dedicated case manager
  • 2015 Four County Addiction Services Team (Fourcast) staff support clients on site at YES half days.
  • In 2019, YES began working with the 211 Program to offer homelessness prevention services for youth and families in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
  • With the help of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, in 2020, YES tripled the capacity of the Transitional Housing Program and renamed it the RISE Youth Housing Program.