Warm gifts and big thanks: The YSB community gives thanks

Kami, a young person from the Drop-in, proudly created art work that will be given to the Angels in Backpacks program as a special thank you from the youth at the Drop-in. Beautiful work, Kami!

Kami, a young client from the Drop-in, displays his canvas.

Young clients at the Downtown Drop-in were invited to join in a delicious holiday meal and a festive atmosphere this past December 19, as staff pulled out all the stops to make this a special day. This year, over 180 youth were present at what will be, for many, their main holiday meal.

“The Angels in Backpacks program is incredibly valuable to the street-involved youth we work with,” says Jacinthe Leblanc, coordinator at the Drop-in.

Backpacks are filled with basic necessities to help make life on winter streets a little more bearable for Ottawa's street youth.  The backpacks each contained a towel, a blanket, a thermos, toothbrush, toothpaste, hot chocolate packets and other useful items.  Every year the backpacks and their contents are generously donated by the members of St. Matthew’s Parish in central Ottawa.

The YSB Drop-In provides services and a safe place for youth 12-20 years of age who have complex needs and are homeless, unstably housed or living on the street.

To help keep a young person warm this winter, please click HERE to make a donation to YSB.

A warm thank you from YSB to the community

On behalf of our clients, thank you all so very much for your kind generosity this holiday season.

The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa  wants to send a warm thank you to all the generous staff and families who donated  gifts for the youth living in our long-term housing apartments.

These young people in their late teens and early twenties, including a number of single parents, live on a very limited income. Every year, staff and volunteers at  YSB  get together to provide gifts they or their children otherwise would not get during the holidays.

Some of the gifts included toys and clothing for children; others gave books to help with studying. Warm socks, a gift card to see a movie or two, a warm and beautiful scarf—these  are luxury items for many of the youth served by our housing programs. Many have previously been homeless, unstably housed or have lived in our shelters. Learn more about YSB’s housing programs HERE.