MCSS executive director Sanjay Gulati said the vision for MY House (Mission Youth House) is to create a one-point source of information and contact for youth. MY House is a community initiative that emerged out of the Youth Homelessness Committee.
By having the house used and monitored, it will help quell loitering and vandalism issues, and offer at-risk youth a place they can go to for meals, laundry and shower services. Adults will be available there to listen to them and offer advice.
About a dozen community organizations have been working together to develop MY House.
Two medical rooms will be included in MY House, but the group is awaiting commitments from health care workers to run a medical center.
“Health care will be a key component,” said Gulati, who explained youth are more likely to seek help and treatment from a facility that caters to young people. He expects more youth who have not accessed services before will come through the doors when they open.
Gulati said the goal of MY House is to support young people, give them confidence, and empower them to contribute back to the community.
Second phase of the project will be a shelter. The community initiative involves key funders Mission Mid-Day Rotary Club, United Alliance Church and Ministry of Children and Family Development.
MY HOUSE HOURS:
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays.
Closed on statutory holidays. MY House phone number is 604-287-7200.
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