Youth Shelter Drop-in Support
Drop In volunteer hours run between 8:30 PM – 12:00 AM Friday and Sunday Nights and
9:30 PM – 12:00 AM Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday Nights. The first thirty minutes is
collaboratively spent setting up. Once the drop in opens, volunteers participate in a variety of
tasks such as serving hot meals, providing an active listening ear, sorting and distributing
clothing, doing dishes and engaging with the youth in attendance. We offer a relatively low
key environment with engaging activities readily available.These include board and card
games, movie nights, arts and crafts and occasional special theme nights. A strong
emphasis is on building healthy relationships. Help is also provided in the form of low key
mental health support, conflict management and pastoral care with informal referrals being
made to deeper community support where indicated. The drop-in is primarily hosted by
volunteers under the guidance of a staff supervisor.
How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
The volunteer will be provided with training specific to working with homeless and exploited individuals. They will have the opportunity to practice listening skills, gain an understanding of a wide variety of youth clients and how to support them.
How will the organization benefit?
The organization will benefit by having extra support persons available to better meet individual needs of the youth clients accessing the services.
140 Laurier Ave West (basement of First Baptist Church at Elgin and Laurier)
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