We offer placement opportunities for College and University
students throughout the year in the following programs:

Joanne’s House

Working alongside the Youth Advocates and with the residents of the shelter between the hours of 2:30 pm – 12:30 am Monday to Friday or between 8 am and midnight on weekends.

Tasks are assisting with intakes and screening phone calls, completing paperwork, facilitating life skills as well as preparing meals.

Grove School

Working alongside the Child and Youth Worker between the hours of 8:30 am and 3 pm. Assisting students with their school work, treatment plans and meal preparation.

Youth Reconnect and Resident Support Program

Working alongside staff as they provide case management, advocacy and support to youth in the community. These programs run Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 am – 4:30 pm.

For more information on student placement opportunities please contact Jeni, the Shelter Manager at 289-980-5557 or jeni.arnold@durhamyouth.com

Who are we helping?

We provide a variety of services and programs for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 in the Durham Region.

Joanne’s House:

Youth between the ages of 16 and 24 can access the shelter any time after 2:45 pm on weekdays and 24/7 on weekends. We can accommodate 13 youth at a time and beds are given on a first come, first serve basis. Youth are encouraged to call as soon as they are in need of a bed and leave a message in order to secure their space. Youth can stay for 30 days and have access to meals, laundry, life skills, bus tickets for appointments and school as well as food and clothing donations.

Please call the Youth Advocates on shift at 905 – 239 – 9477.

Jacky’s Place:

Jacky’s Place is a transitional house for youth between the ages of 16 – 24. Residents can live at Jacky’s Place for up to four years in order to have the opportunity to learn the much-needed life skills needed in order to successfully live independently. Jacky’s Place is semi-supported and all residents are required to attend case management weekly.

Please call/text Jeni, Shelter Manager for more information: 289 – 980 – 5557.

Grove School:

Current, former and non-residents of Joanne’s House are welcome to attend school daily at the shelter from 8:30 am — 2:30 pm every day in order to complete their credits. Many former residents of Joanne’s House have received their diploma or certificate through Grove School. We collaborate with the Durham District School Board and allow youth to learn in a fun and supportive environment in this unique program.

Please call/text Kate, Child and Youth Worker for more information: 905 – 391 – 8990

Joanne’s House Connect:

Joanne’s House Connect is a program facilitated in partnership with the Ajax Public Library. The groups are free of charge and open to any youth that would like to attend. We offer art therapy, budgeting, anger management, CPR-First Aid, Safer Food Handling and more. This program is made possible with funds received from Delta Bingo.

We also run a weekly lunch program, Meet N’ Eat every Wednesday at the Ajax library from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. This program is open to anyone who would like to attend.
If you have a service you would like to provide free of charge or would like additional information please call the shelter line at 905 – 239 – 9477

Resident Support Program:

Our Resident Support Coordinator (RSC) is a three-year program funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The RSC provides intensive case management to at-risk and high-needs youth. The RSC will work with youth for the length of the grant in order to assist them to move from a place of in-crisis to stability. Research has shown that similar programs have allowed many youths to break the cycle of poverty and learn how to be self-sufficient enough to live on their own.

Please call/text Candice, the Resident Support Coordinator for more information: 647 – 709 – 6483

Youth Reconnect

Youth Reconnect is a youth homelessness prevention program that we are running with the support of The RAFT in Hamilton. Youth Reconnect aims to connect youth that might be at risk of becoming homeless with the supports needed to help them stay housed and stay in school. If you know a young person that is struggling, please call our Youth Reconnect Counsellor (YRC). The YRC can meet youth anywhere in the Durham Region and provide them with referrals and resources needed to stay housed, whether that is at home or somewhere else. The goal of Youth Reconnect is to prevent youth from entering into the shelter system.

Please call/text Kelly, the Youth Reconnect Counsellor at 905-391-8990