Notre Dame House
Good Shepherd Notre Dame House is committed to helping youth who are street-involved or homeless due to family violence, conflict, abuse, neglect, poverty and exposure to mental health and addiction issues. Our goal is to ensure that they have the support they need to overcome obstacles and break down barriers to become active and contributing members of our community.
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Director: Norma Joaquim
Notre Dame House & Community Outreach Services
Good Shepherd Notre Dame House is committed to helping youth who are street-involved or homeless due to family violence, conflict, abuse, neglect, poverty and exposure to mental health and addiction issues. Our goal is to ensure that they have support to overcome obstacles to become active and contributing members of our community.
Notre Dame House is a 24-hour emergency shelter providing 21 beds for youth between 16 and 21 years of age. The program uses a team approach with community collaboration to help youth reach their personal goals using a strength-based and client-centred approach.
Program objectives are achieved through:
- 24-hour a day intake and admissions
- Meeting all basic needs by providing meals and snacks, clothing, laundry and hygiene products, etc.
- Advocacy and case coordination
- Recreational/therapeutic programming
- Access to mental health services and consulting psychiatry
- Access to a general practitioner and/or nurse practitioner
- Addiction/substance use supports (Alternatives for Youth)
- Withdrawal management assessment and monitoring (St. Joseph’s Healthcare)
- After-care services through our Community Resource Centre
Community Outreach Services
The Notre Dame Community Resource Centre is a centre for at-risk youth residing within the community who are between 16 and 21 years of age. Youth have access to a number of support services and programs to assist them in remaining housed; diverting them from homelessness and street involvement.
A case coordinator assists the youth in navigating community and internal services based on their identified needs.
Resources available include:
- Help with getting back into school or finding employment
- Assistance obtaining or replacing ID
- Access to housing workers
- Help with applying for or maintaining social assistance
- Hot meal program, seven days a week (lunch and dinner)
- Ontario Works Youth Trustee Program
- Connections to community supports
- Free laundry facilities and clothing/household donations
- Access to all on-site mental health, medical care, addiction/substance use services
- Recreational and life skills programming
- Early diversion and family mediation
- In partnership with the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, we provide opportunities for youth to engage in cultural activities and to reconnect with their traditional teachings
- Notre Dame House School offers a free studio-based course for youth in transition. In this 12-week course youth learn how to design, print, film, market and sell their work. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- In partnership with ART Forms and Recreate, youth explore a full array of creative pursuits, which promote self-discovery, leadership development, and an activated dialogue with the city at large. For more info check out www.Artforms.com
- In partnership with the Young Parent Network and the Youth Housing support team we have a worker designated in the community to support pregnant and parenting teens who access the shelter
The goal of the Ujima Project is to improve early outcomes for children across the province by supporting the early development needs of under-served, vulnerable children of young parents through Early Childhood Development Hubs across the province. Good Shepherd Youth Services is proud to be one of these Hubs. We offer essential programs and services such as early development, attachment and bonding, early language and literacy, and family/service navigation to young parents and their children. We work collaboratively with other Ujima project partners to support the best outcomes for children and their young parents.
For more information about this program, download the brochure or visit The Ujima Project – The Ontario Association of Young Parent Agencies (oaypa.ca)