We achieve this objective by providing hot meals, food hampers, clothing, hygiene products and advocacy to the youth who frequent our services. We also maintain health and safety by means of community outreach. Our Outreach Workers are on the streets daily, meeting the youth “where they’re at”. During our Evening Drop-In, we offer an environment for people to challenge and change their value systems. Here, youth are given the support they need to understand their options; and to take the necessary steps to break the cycle of homelessness. In April 2010, we opened a 10-bed emergency co-ed shelter. Although we were already aware of the need for youth-specific shelter in Kitchener-Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo’s Homelessness Report supported our insight. This noted gap in services was somewhat lessened by the opening of our emergency shelter, but it soon became clear that 10 beds were not enough. In 2015, we increased our capacity to 17 beds.