Mission, Vision, Values

Mission Statement – YES works to reduce and prevent homelessness by providing shelter, education and transitional supports for youth and families in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

Vision Statement – All youth and families in our community are supported to lead full and positive lives.

YES provides emergency shelter to youth and families in crisis. We serve roughly 250 new clients every year, in addition to many who have stayed at the shelter before. In addition to emergency housing, we offer support to youth and families through:

  • Longer term transitional housing at Abbott House
  • Assistance adapting to independent living through the Transitional Life Skills program
  • Alternative high school education at The Carriage House (in partnership with PACE and the KPRDSB)
  • Vocational, educational and recreation programs (in partnership with other community services)
  • Assistance with housing and employment searches
  • An emergency food cupboard

The shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Advocacy: We will work towards ensuring that our staff and clients’ needs are met; engaging partners in change on a client and systems level.

Dignity: All individuals have the right to be safe, included, respected, and recognized for their strengths.

Compassion: We will respond with kindness and a belief that individuals can grow and change.

Equity: We will strive to give each individual what they need to be successful.