YSB's Charitable Foundation

About the YSB Foundation

Proud recipient of 2021 AFP Ottawa’s Philanthropy Award for Innovation in Fundraising

 

The Youth Services Bureau Foundation proudly supports the important work YSB does each day in our community. Partnering with compassionate community members, philanthropic corporations, generous foundations and engaged youth, the YSB Foundation raises funds to ensure each and every youth who needs our support is able to access it.

With youth programming offered in five main service areas and across multiple service points throughout the city, YSB helps thousands of young people every year address whatever threatens their physical, sexual, mental and social well being. Staff guide youth through issues related to housing, mental and physical health, community reintegration, education, employment and more.

We have established a number of funding priorities, including:

  • Supporting mental health programs for youth;
  • Funding employment programs that help young people get their first jobs;
  • Expanding the provision of housing and shelter services to accommodate street-involved youth; and
  • Sustaining community reintegration programs for youth in conflict with the law.

Together, these programs and services empower youth to make choices today that can help them secure a better future. Your gift also does exactly that. Please help us make an impact.

The YSB Charitable Foundation is a registered Canadian charity (84053 4853 RR0001).

YSB Charitable Foundation Team

Patti Murphy, Executive Director
613-729-0577 x 50262
pmurphy@ysb.ca

Ana Popescu, Fundraising Database Administrator
613-729-0577 x 50203
apopescu@ysb.ca

Desiree Rapoch, Community Engagement & Events Coordinator
613-729-0577 x 50245
drapoch@ysb.ca

Oliver Saner, Fundraising Coordinator
613-729-0577 x 50260
osaner@ysb.ca

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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.

Milo*

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