News & Updates
We have a Social Media Coordinator!
Please join us in congratulating Rebecca Vander Vaart, our new Social Media Coordinator. You will see her posting and promoting The House during our transition. We are so glad she is back!
We need your support
The House Youth Centre will be making some big changes in the coming months. We need your support more than ever. Please consider making a donation through CanadaFunds or through PayPal. Your donation is tax deductible. You can also read this Press Release for more information. Please visit our donate page and share this information on Social Media. The easiest and most helpful thing you can do right now, is to spread our posts on Facebook and Instagram and help us raise awareness. The links to follow our socials are above.
Thank you to everyone who voted for the Amherstburg Community Foundation initiative. We are fortunate to have had so much support. The results are in, all-in-all the ACF is distributing more than $63 000 to 11 different organizations in the Town of Amherstburg. We will be using our funds for a homework and after-school support space. We are beyond grateful. Find the ACF on Facebook here.
As a result of health concerns surrounding COVID 19, The House Youth Centre is closed until further notice. Here is a letter from the Board of Directors addressing the current situation. Click here to read the letter.
Regular meetings have now concluded for the program year. We are hopeful that we will welcome you all back in September. In the meantime, special activities will be held weekly through Google Meet. Follow our Facebook and Instagram for details.
The House is a non-denominational youth centre that has dedicated the last four decades to serving the community by supporting, encouraging and empowering youth. This is done through a variety of outlets for self-expression, recreation, creativity and community service. The lessons and the life skills that they’re gaining through our program are crucial elements on their journey to becoming independent, productive and influential members of our community.
The House was founded in 1971 by Father John Ware, who was a priest and a clinical psychologist, when he saw the need for a youth centre. His vision was a sort of second-home for the “in-between kids”– those who were too old for childish activities, but too young for all of the adult responsibility. He saw that the journey from childhood to adulthood can be littered with challenges and emotional pitfalls. It occurred to him that young people needed something beyond the educational and athletic atmosphere. The House quickly became that something.
A lot has changed in our world since 1971, but the fundamental needs of youth has not. Our unique peer support system remains overwhelmingly unchanged from what was designed by the first groups of volunteer leaders over 40 years ago. The House strives to maintain an atmosphere that is welcoming of all youth, regardless of their culture, belief’s, ethnicity, or lifestyle. We run weekly peer-support meetings for youth in Grades 9 – 12; these meetings are geared to address issues that our youth are currently facing. These meetings provide a non-judgmental forum for youth to explore what is going on in their world, how they feel about it, and what can be done. Together, we’re helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders.
Still have more questions about the House? Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions.
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