Homelessness here in South Georgian Bay

We are Home Horizon, working with youth at risk of homelessness in the Southern Georgian Bay Area. While you don’t typically see it, homelessness is a real issue in our area. Youth homelessness has reached crisis proportions in Canada. Unique to the experience of youth homelessness is that they are also in the process of transitioning into adulthood, and due to challenging circumstances, may not yet have acquired the health, personal, social, and life skills that make independent living possible. We have served over 37 youth and we currently have 46 youth waiting for help from Home Horizon.   

We prioritize the need to be safe and inside for the night. 

The first step in dealing with youth facing homelessness is to help them find a safe roof over their head. This could be the Barbara Weider House or to help connect them with other housing service organizations in our community.   In addition, we offer access to counseling and social and life skills programs to help our youth successfully rebuild their lives and transition to independent living and adulthood. They are provided with a range of support programs that will help them learn life skills, have positive relationships with peers and adults, and re-engage with school, employment training, and/or employment.   

How We Help

The direct benefit to the community is helping youth rebuild their lives and integrate back into society in a meaningful way, rather than continuing down a path of homelessness that may lead to larger problems. We have implemented homelessness prevention programs including family and youth reconciliation, HOMESHARE: the Home Horizon Host Homes Program, music and art therapy expression, youth justice and mental health awareness and coping skills. 

COMMUNITIES WE SERVE

Collingwood, Creemore, Meaford, Stayner, Thornbury, Wasaga Beach, Town of Blue Mountains

Need Help Now? Call 705-441-4805

 
Covid-19 Update:
After a long, difficult few months, Home Horizon is opening up and now able to offer support to our clients with our community partners. We are welcoming back our art therapist, Annhori Clifford.  And thanks to our generous donors, our Barbara Weider House now has outside furniture and a bbq; allowing us more time outside to reduce the likelihood of COVID exposure.
Fundraising in the new world
The pandemic has non-profit organizations cancelling fundraising events and scrambling for new ways to raise funds… and we are no different. Our revenue shortfalls has our fundraising committee working hard to find new and creative ways to engage our community and to ignite people’s interest in supporting our youth. If you are able to support us, click here to make a donation. We thank you for your help and support during these difficult times.   Home Horizon Youth sitting, hugging her knees, in dark shadow.

Need Help Now? Call 705-441-4805

  The goal of Home Horizon is to transform the lives of homeless youth by offering essential supports, counseling, and housing. Our focus is to provide an umbrella of prevention and programs that will effectively help our clients build new life skills and in turn, give them the tools and capabilities they need to move forward.  We want to ensure they never face the prospect of homelessness again.