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 – The Youth Emergency Shelter 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 youth experiencing homelessness in Peterborough 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 Pine Ridge 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
  • 2019 – YES began working with the 211 Program to offer homelessness prevention services for youth and families in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
  • 2020 – With the help of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, YES tripled the capacity of the Transitional Housing Program and renamed it the RISE Youth Housing Program.