Young Wolves Lodge
Goals / Purpose of Program
Young Wolves Lodge was a 5-bed residential transitional/support services housing program which was open from 2003-2015.
Unfortunately, the Lodge was closed on March 31, 2015 due to a lack of confirmed and sustainable funding.
For twelve years, the Lodge offered individualized services for young Native women (17-24 years) who were homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. In response to community needs, we prioritized three beds for young women who were pregnant or had children in the care of MCFD, or in the care of someone other than themselves. We also maintained two beds for young women who are not parenting.
Our main goal was to help young women empower themselves to make positive decisions and create change in their lives. We offered individual support, information, and referrals to community resources. We embraced First Nations ceremonies, traditions and teachings, incorporating them with a holistic clinical approach to best support youth by guiding, teaching and empowering them with diverse tools and resources to suit their individual needs.
We worked with young women to help them gain the lifeskills needed to work towards successfully living independently or with their family. We also provided parenting skills to all – to help young mothers work towards reuniting with their child(ren), and to ensure that all young women had as much information as possible before they may choose to become parents. When possible, we hosted parent/child visits at our site, but we could not have children stay at the house.
We also enhanced our program with a Transition Worker who filled in service gaps while youth were participating in the program and upon completion. She followed youth for one year after completion to provide individual support and help ensure a successful transition. Click here to see videos about UNYA programs.
- Nutritional awareness
- Daily programs & workshops
- Cultural, educational and recreational activities, and outings to community events
- Alcohol and drug education, AA & NA meetings, and other relapse prevention resources
- Parenting education, advocacy and support
- On-site counsellor and post-treatment planning
- Planning & transitional support towards independent living
Young Wolves Lodge fostered youth development and encouraged youth to participate in various activities within the community to broaden horizons, embrace, respect and accept differences in diverse cultures, teaching and traditions; model and encourage youth to take healthy risks and make positive changes in their life.
To assist and guide youth, we strove to ensure that the needs of every youth were met, including physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Fo
Young Wolves Lodge provided workshops that offered preventative information about addictions, relapse/relapse prevention, family dynamics, communication, parenting, Uppers/Downers/All arounder and the effects, cultural, impacts of residential schooling, job search/resume writing, legal aid, budgeting, as well as therapeutic and creative activities which focus on self-esteem building, drawing out the inner child, team building just to name a few.
Historically, Young Wolves Lodge partners included:
- Coming Home Society - who developed and fostered relationships with community churches for donations
- Aunt Leah’s second stage housing - for youth that completed program and earned custody of child/ren;
- UNYA’s Alcohol and Drug Counsellors - provided ongoing support and referrals
- UNYA’s Aboriginal Wellness Counsellor - assessed, provided referrals and continuum support
- UNYA's Young Bears Lodge - drumming, weekly sweats and hosting NA meetings
- UNYA's Mentorship Program - enabled youth to attend various activities
How Youth Could Become Involved
- 17 – 24 year old Native women
- Young women who were willing to abstain from alcohol and/or drug use
- Three beds were designated for young women who had children in care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, or someone other than themselves
- Two beds were designated for other women who were trying to leave the street and abstain from alcohol and drug use
Young Aboriginal woman between ages 17-24 willing who were willing to commit to a 16 week program and wishing to abstain from alcohol and drugs were candidates.