Shelterlink – Get Help

Homeless youth on the doorstep“LOFY has impacted my life in a lot of ways. I am more confident talking to adults and other youth. I feel happy and accepted all the time. The staff at the shelter are nice and helpful. I am not afraid to be myself and ask questions knowing everyone will help and accept me. I think LOFY is a great place.” Barbara, 20

Living Options For Youth (LOFY)

LOFY is a supervised, transitional hostel program for male and female youth. We provide shelter, life skills training, guidance and support in a safe, violence and substance free living environment.

Find more information about LOFY here

Emergency Community Placement

Shelterlink coordinates short term emergency shelter for youth in crisis. Staff assist youth with making a future housing plan and link them with other relevant community services and supports.

Call 519-272-2294 (nights & weekends).

Independent Living Support

Shelterlink provides information, referrals, and mentoring to at risk youth who are either living independently or considering a move to independence. Call Ann at 519-272-2294.


Supported Housing of Perth Program (SHOPP) is a highly collaborative Housing First program serving the City of Stratford, Perth County, and St. Marys. The program provides housing assistance and wrap around support services to people who are experiencing homelessness.

Find more information about SHOPP here

Life Skills

Many youth served at Shelterlink are out of school and unemployed. It’s difficult to find work and transition to independent living at the same time.

Life Skills are designed to enhance this transition by teaching the skills needed to find and maintain employment.

The program has 9  modules.  Youth are taught modules on an independent level and can complete them in any order. A certificate of completion is awarded at the end.

The modules are:

  1. Money Management
  2. Youth and the Law
  3. Budgeting Month to Month
  4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Communication
  5. Cooking on a Budget
  6. Job Maintenance
  7. Nature and Substance/Drug Use
  8. Mental Health and Coping
  9. Personal Hygiene

There is no fee to LOFY participants.

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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