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The YSB Foundation is proud to announce Room to Grow, our shelter room sponsorship campaign! Room to Grow is a fundraising initiative in support of the Youth Services Bureau’s (YSB) two downtown emergency shelters, running from September 7th to World Homelessness Day on October 10th.

YSB’s Room to Grow shelter room sponsorship campaign is generously supported by lead sponsor the Taggart Parkes Foundation. They have generously offered to match all donations in support of this campaign  up to a total of $30,000.

For every $4,000 raised, YSB will be dedicating a room in one of our shelter buildings to our caring community of supporters for one year with signage directly outside of a young person’s door. This funding is critical to ensure that when a young person finds home at one of our shelters their room is fully prepared and set up for them. For more information please visit our campaign page: Room to grow – Youth Services Bureau

If you, your organization, family or group of friends is interested in sponsoring a room ($4,000 per year with the opportunity to sponsor for multiple years) you can learn more here sponsorship package or connect with Oliver Saner, Fundraising Coordinator at 613-600-6426 or osaner@ysb.ca for more details. If you’re ready to make a gift you can do so at: https://www.ysb.ca/room-to-grow/

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Milo's Story

Every year when I was little, I’d think “this will be the year that everything will be okay”. And every year, I’d be crushed. By the time I was 18 I couldn’t take my dad’s drinking or my mom’s crying anymore, so I packed a knapsack with the warmest clothes I had and I left. It was freezing cold, and I was alone…but I was free.

The next few months were rough and at times very scary. I spent nights in parks, doorways and even under bridges all with just an old sleeping bag a friend had given me. One night it was so cold that I walked until the sun came up, afraid that I would freeze to death if I slept.

It took me awhile to get over the embarrassment to start asking people for money. But, it was swallow my pride or stay cold and hungry. After two weeks of doing this I learned about YSB. I didn’t know it then but, in that moment, my life changed for the better. I got connected to YSB’s Young Men’s Emergency Shelter and my first night in the shelter I slept 11 hours. I felt so safe and secure. I remember that moment clearly and I felt so hopeful I now have my own apartment in one of YSB’s long-term housing buildings, am attending college to become a graphic designer, and am working part-time to support myself.

“For the first time I can remember, I’m really excited about my future. Growing up I just thought about getting by one day at a time.” I hope my story conveys just how life changing it was for me to be able to access YSB’s shelter during a really difficult time in my life. The team at YSB supported me every step of the way, and I’m grateful they were by my side. I hope you’ll consider taking the opportunity to transform the life of another young person like me today.


*While Milo’s story is real his name has been changed to protect his privacy