About Shelterlink

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What We Do

Stratford/Perth Shelterlink provides Perth County youth ages 16-24, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, with shelter, basic needs, support, community aid and advocacy services.

Mission and Vision

Stratford/Perth Shelterlink exists to provide Perth County youth ages 16-24, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, with shelter, advocacy services and basic needs.

By providing homeless and at-risk youth with the basic needs of food and shelter, they will have more opportunities to make good life style choices, stay in school, find employment or attend counseling.

Community Awareness and Advocacy

Shelterlink educates the community and raises awareness of the causes, needs and effects of homelessness in Perth County. To arrange a speaker or a presentation call 519-272-2294.


Stratford/Perth Shelterlink is governed by a Board of Directors. Every effort is made to seek Directors that bring various perspectives from all sectors of our community including families, education, medical/health, business, city and rural life.

Since Stratford/Perth Shelterlink serves all of Perth County, we attempt to have representation from all corners of Perth County. The term of office is four years and includes involvement on one committee in addition to the ten (10) regular Board meetings held during the year.

Interested individuals can request more information by contacting the Shelterlink office at (519) 272-2294.

Below is a list of the current Stratford/Perth Shelterlink Board Members:

Name Position Occupation Contact Joined the Board
Martin Ritsma President/Chair Farmer 519-276-9659 June 1, 2008
Tammy Whaling Secretary/Vice President Assistant Manager Scotiabank November 25, 2016
Trevor Neeb Past Chair Financial Advisor November 11, 2008
Mike Palmby Treasurer Director of Finance June 25, 2019
Jill Carter Director Cousellor HP Centre December 8, 2015
Sara Brown Director Bail Worker – John Howard Society November 25, 2016
Terri Finnie Director Travel Consultant September 15, 2017

Any Board member may be contacted through the Shelterlink business office: 519-272-2294 or by emailing bhagedorn@shelterlink.org.



Stratford/Perth Shelterlink does not sell, barter, trade, or give your personal information to third parties.

We store and maintain your personal information in conformity with the requirements of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic documents Act (the “Act”) and the Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information (the “Code”) created and approved by the Canadian Standards Association (“CSA”).

At Stratford Perth Shelterlink, our mission is to assist homeless youth and those at risk of becoming homeless. We do more than just assist in finding them a warm safe bed — we are actively working with youth to assist them in their pursuits, through education and skills development supports. We were recently the recipients of a grant through the Emergency Community Support Fund in conjunction with the local Stratford Perth Community Foundation. The grant allowed us to purchase laptops and upgrade our internet and purchase supplies for skills development programming. The staff and youth at the shelter are thrilled they will be able to carry on with education and pursue employment opportunities during the pandemic.

Stratford Perth Shelterlink are the proud recipients of a $7000 grant from the Emergency Community Support Fund with the assistance of the local Stratford Perth Community Foundation.

The grant was much needed support to our local Living Options for Youth and Emergency Community Placement Program which assists homeless youth, or those at risk of experiencing homelessness, during COVID 19.  COVID 19 cancelled a major fundraiser for our organization so we are grateful for the assistance to allow our programs to continue and our shelter to remain operational 24 hours a day.

Next Fundraising Event:

Coldest Night of the Year

Shelterlink Fundraising Events:

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Shelterlink Wish List

We could use your help! Shelterlink is in need of the following items for the Living Options for Youth program. Please consider donating.

  • Fans for the summer!
  • Single bed mattress covers
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Non-perishable goods
  • Laundry soap
  • Laundry baskets
  • Towels
  • Dish soap
  • Single Bed Sheets
  • Grocery Gift Cards
    • to buy fresh items for our Breakfast Program
  • Staples Gift Cards
    • to buy much needed school and office supplies
  • Quarters for Laundry
    • $0.25 x 4 = 1 load

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