Kiwanis Youth Emergecy Shelter

When it first opened in 19xx, the old heritage house in a downtown Victoria neighbourhood quickly became a refuge not only for local youth but also for those from as far away as Alaska and Quebec. Here was a place to turn to for short-term housing when there was nowhere else to go - when situations at home had broken down or emergency help was needed.

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter (KEYS) was the first home in BC to address the specific needs of young people age 13 to 18. In fact, it was the only youth-specific emergency housing shelter in BC until Vancouver set up a similar program. Typically, emergency shelters like Streetlink and Sandi Merriman House for women will only take in youth aged 18 or older.

Without KEYS, teens might end up on the street, or remain in unsafe situations in their homes. Instead, they are provided with a safe bed at night, good home cooking, chores to perform - and youth care workers skilled in recognizing the language and behaviour of you that support positive change.  Staff brings parents, guardians, social workers and crisis intervention teams together to help youth chart a new course.