Choices Youth Shelter

Homeless youth in Dufferin Couty desperately need your help, Choices Youth Shelter in urgent need of donations

Hi, my name is Russ Chan, and I'm writing to you on behalf of Orangeville's Choices Youth shelter

CHOICES Youth Shelter is a non-profit organization providing temporary supportive accommodations and services for youth 16-24 years of age who are experiencing homelessness. Since 2001, CHOICES has kept our most vulnerable youth safe while helping them to transition to a brighter future. CHOICES offers the only emergency shelter for youth in Dufferin County.

COVID-19 Response
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CHOICES has implemented several changes to continue providing a safe environment for youth experiencing homelessness and the hard-working, dedicated frontline staff who support them: 

- Increased operating times and staffing levels to keep the shelter open 24/7 with staff onsite
- Readjusted accommodations in accordance with Public Health guidance 
- Repurposed space for isolation and quarantine rooms
- Purchased Personal Protective Equipment for staff
- Significantly increased cleaning and health-related expenses
We need your help
These changes, while necessary, have further exacerbated our existing funding shortfall as donations have fallen over the last year and puts the shelter’s continued operations in jeopardy. While Dufferin County generously provides significant funding, CHOICES depends on Grants and Community donations for over 50% of our budget. CHOICES is reaching out to our supporters and friends in a special appeal for donations to help us address these challenges. 

How the donations will be used 
All proceeds raised go directly to shelter operations such as paying front line staff and purchasing extra protective equipment and supplies, making a positive impact on both residents and staff. 

How you can help
Please donate today to help keep youth experiencing homelessness in Dufferin County safe. Any amount of support would be greatly appreciated.  Please consider sharing this message to help us get the message out.

Note: Choices has applied for Charity status with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The CRA has suspended those assessments due to COVID-19 and have not provided an update on when they will resume. Until we have received our status update we are a Not for Profit and cannot issue Charitable donation receipts.

In Gratitude,
Choices Board, Staff, Volunteers and Residents.

Update: Our story has received attention in the local news.  Click here  to read more.  Thank you all for your support!
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