Sponsor a Shelter Room for Homeless Youth Today

No young person should be sleeping on the street.  With support from caring individuals, community groups and corporations, they don’t have to be. YSB offers the only shelters for youth in our city, as well as transitional and long-term housing options. Our Young Women’s and Young Men’s Emergency Shelters offer immediate care to Ottawa’s homeless youth population, as well as services that make sure they are able to leave the streets for good.

What Do Youth Find at a YSB Shelter?

  • A warm bed, a private room and a sense of home where none exists
  • Complete nutritious meals to nourish them
  • Dedicated counsellors and youth workers who believe in them
  • Critical programs in mental health, employment and education to help them stay off the streets and begin life anew with greater confidence, self-esteem and the skills to succeed.

Adopt a Room Today

Every YSB shelter room is a new beginning for youth in our care.

You can give homeless young people a safe place to sleep, dream, and rebuild their lives. Sponsor a room as an individual, family, community group, school, or corporation, and you’ll ensure young people have access to critical supports during a most urgent time in their life.

YSB is a leader in the fight to end youth homelessness in Ottawa. With the generous support of people like you, we help young people break the cycle of chronic homelessness for good.

Sponsorship of a shelter room is $3,500 for one year.

As a valued partner, you will receive:

  • Name recognition outside your sponsored shelter room
  • A tour of the shelter where your room is located
  • A photo opportunity of you and your group to be shared publically on YSB’s social media (optional)
  • Name recognition in YSB’s newsletter to donors
  • First right for renewal at the end of your adoption period

Since 1960, YSB has been a leader in the fight to prevent and end youth homelessness in Ottawa. Join us today by sponsoring a shelter room and giving vulnerable youth more than just a home: give them hope.

To sponsor a room or for more information, contact: Oliver Saner, Fundraising Coordinator, 613-729-0577 ext. 1260 or email:

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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