March 3, 2022

As of March 1, 2022, the Kingston Youth Shelter has returned to our original location at 234 Brock Street.

To get in touch with us, call 613-549-4236, send a message to kys@kingstonyouthshelter.com, or stop by 234 Brock Street.

In order to comply with COVID restrictions as per the direction of KFL&A Public Health, we will only be able to accommodate six individuals. We are hoping this is only short term until we can prepare a space that Queen’s University (MacGillivray-Brown Hall) has so graciously provided for us. 

In the near future (hopefully within a couple weeks), we will have the MacGillivray-Brown Hall ready. At that time both locations will be utilized and the number of youth we can serve will increase to a capacity of sixteen. Youth will sleep at the MacGillivray-Brown Hall and the Brock location will be set up for other services such as meals, hygiene needs, and counselling services. 

September is our projected last move, when we will settle into a new permanent shelter space. We will provide updates in the coming months.

We want to give a special thanks to the City of Kingston for giving us the Ridley building in order to function and support our youth in need during COVID times. As well, the United Way for always giving us the support we need with all our endeavors. And a big thank you to Queen’s University for providing us with the space while we transition into our new site. Lastly, thanks goes out to the community and fellow service providers coming together to support each other in times that are so hectic. 

March 18, 2021

As of May 17th, 2021, the Kingston Youth Shelter has MOVED to 805 Ridley Drive! The former retirement home provides us with individual rooms for our residents and plenty of space to social distance in common areas. You can reach us at 613-549-4236!

March 6, 2021

Our Interim Manager of Youth Services, Emily Haak, talks to YourTV Kingston about how we’ve adapted during the pandemic.

January 12, 2021

The Kingston Youth Shelter continues to operate at 113 Lower Union Street to provide youth the space to physically distance or self-isolate if needed. If you or someone you know is in need of immediate assistance, please contact the shelter directly at 613-549-4236 or visit 113 Lower Union Street. 

We have increased cleaning and sanitizing at our emergency shelter and transition homes. We continue to monitor staff and residents for symptoms and send them to the appropriate locations for testing. Staff are required to screen new residents and any essential visitors for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entry. If a youth is experiencing symptoms, they self-isolate in their private room to reduce contact. 

Our Family Mediation Worker and Prevention Diversion Worker are working at our emergency shelter, meeting clients in-person as well as providing support to youth and families via video conference, phone, text, and email. Masks are worn for in-person meetings, hand sanitizer is provided, and physical distancing is practiced. 

If you are experiencing family conflict or difficulties at home, please contact our Family Mediation Worker, Vivienne. You can call or text them at 613-449-4803 or send them an email at families@kingstonyouthshelter.com.

If you are seeking housing assistance, facing eviction, or you need help navigating mental health/addictions support, please contact our Prevention Diversion Worker, Mitchell. You can call or text him at 613-449-2056 or send him an email at mitchell@kingstonyouthshelter.com.

For more information about our programs, please visit https://kingstonyouthshelter.com/programs. You do not need to be a resident at our emergency shelter to qualify for our support.

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to the United Way KFL&A, the City of Kingston, and our generous donors for their continued support, especially during this difficult time.