YESS provides essential services for youth experiencing trauma and homelessness including an overnight shelter, supporting housing, and individualized wrap-around services for youth ages 15-24.
With public spaces closed during the COVID-19 quarantine, youth experiencing homelessness have few safe places to go. YESS continues to be open for them to care for their health as well as their healing from trauma.
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About YESS Programs
Nexus Overnight Shelter
Currently our Nexus Overnight Shelter hours are 8PM-11AM, coordinated with our other programs to provide 24/7 access and resources to youth.
Our 24-bed overnight shelter, Nexus, gives youth a safe, secure, and immediate place to stay when experiencing homelessness. The shelter opens at 9PM every night and provides beds for sleeping, basic needs like food, clothing, showers and laundry, school supplies, and packed lunches for youth attending school. This is a safe place for all youth with support and access to staff who are trained to deal with diverse client needs. We are LGBTQ2S+ friendly. We have harm reduction minded staff, with suicidal ideation intervention and safety planning. Youth who stay in shelter will also receive justice support from staff. Our organization works closely with EPS beat officers to understand charges and pathways. Our staff also work with youth to review judicial documents and assist with reminders for appointments and court dates. Staff work to build community support connections before youth leave program to ensure supports exist beyond their time at YESS.
Currently all eight youth in our supportive housing program are living at Shanoa’s Place cohorted and in family-style isolation as much as possible.
YESS provides two supportive housing facilities: Graham’s Place located at the Whyte Avenue location and Shanoa’s Place located on the west end of Edmonton. For youth who need the stability and support of a longer-term placement than our shelter, our two residences provide a homelike environment while youth work on their goals. Youth in our supportive houses are taught to identify realistic and individualized goals that help them move forward in their journeys towards healing and independence. Our purpose is to walk beside the youth in a more stable environment to help facilitate safe and appropriate community integration.
Daytime Resource Centre
Currently the hours for our Armoury Resource Center are 11AM-8PM, coordinated with our other programs to provide 24/7 access and resources for youth.
The Armoury Resource Centre (ARC) is home to a variety of daytime programs, including medical care, addictions and mental health counselling, help with continuing education and employment, art therapy and programming, recreational activities, life skills and employment readiness, and help with housing resources. ARC provide youth with basic needs and shelter from the elements with the support of non-judgemental staff in a safe place to hang out without the fear of loitering or trespassing charges. At ARC, our youth have a safe place to come where they can build, on their own terms, relationships with our staff. Our staff focus is on establishing trust with our youth so that they will see themselves as worthy of care and compassion, building positive relationships with staff that encourage growth and self-confidence.