VANCOUVER HOMELESS YOUTH
A division of FSGV, Directions Youth Services is a Vancouver-based organization that provides support to at-risk, homeless, or street-involved youth under 25. Resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Directions provides safe spaces to connect with supports, detox from substances, and access to transitional and short-term housing.
Help a youth make a home
Many homeless youth have never had a place they could call home. At least 40% have been in the foster care system, bouncing around between temporary homes all their lives.
But when youth have stable housing where they can start to feel safe, make meals, do laundry, relax with friends, be warm, and sleep soundly, they can start building a healthy new life for themselves.
You can help youth who have never had a home leave the streets forever with a gift of $150. Your gift will purchase a home start-up kit, which includes the basics to live independently (bedding, pots, pans, dishes, and other crucial staples) that help make housing a home.
Help a youth get ID
Many homeless youth don’t have valid ID, which is a huge barrier to finding work, a place to live, or government services. A gift of $100 is all it takes to help a homeless youth apply for their ID and open a door to a new life.
Provide youth with clothing and foot care
Directions Youth Services are in need of clothing donations, particularly:
- Men’s pants (especially sizes 28-big and tall)
- Sweaters (new or near new)
- Socks and underwear for all genders (new)
Many youth at Directions suffer from “street feet”, a painful condition caused by wet feet and unsanitary conditions. To alleviate street feet, we are looking for:
- Epsom salts
- Foot basins
- Towels (new or near new)
We also need razors and tampons.
Drop off items anytime at Directions Youth Services Centre (1136 Burrard St, across from St Paul’s hospital).
Family Services of Greater Vancouver is a registered charity in Canada. Charitable registration #11891-3102-RR0001.
Directions Youth Services
A division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver
1138 Burrard Street (across from St Paul’s Hospital, between Davie and Helmcken)