Youth Without Shelter

6 Warrendale Court
Toronto, ON M9V 1P9
Executive Director: Wendy Horton
Board Chair: Moez Bawania

Website: www.yws.on.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 11930 7817 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - At-Risk Youth
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Social Results Reporting

Grade: A

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #22

Avg. Compensation $57,056

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 8
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Youth Without Shelter:

Youth Without Shelter (YWS) is an emergency residence and referral agency for homeless youth aged 16 to 24. Its mission is to "enable youth to live responsibly and independently in society." YWS organizes four hours of daily programming for shelter residents with the help of 17 partner agencies. The daily workshops they offer feature pre-employment training, life skills development, educational sessions, and recreational activities.

Youth Without Shelter's Residential Program (making up 50% of program spending) offers 33 youth with emergency accommodations each night. The program provides shelter, counselling, regular meals, clothing and personal hygiene products to the youth. In F2015, YWS provided 10,455 safe beds, fed youth 52,275 meals and handed out 12,630 hygiene products. In F2015, YWS reported that 1,781 clients completed their goals.

Youth Without Shelter's Stay in School Program (making up 30% of program spending) offers 20 youth aged 16 to 24, with priority given to youth aged 16 to 19, support to achieve success in their educational goals. Youth work with a case manager to develop a plan outlining their academic, employment and housing goals. Youth have access to volunteer tutors, on-site computer labs, and are provided with transit passes, school supplies and school appropriate clothing. In F2015, YWS provided 7,066 safe beds, fed the youth 35,322 meals and handed out 944 hygiene products. It also reports that 13 youths graduated school in F2015.

Youth Without Shelter's Housing Program (making up 7% of program spending) works with residents to find affordable housing. The program liaises with landlords and assists in housing searches and placements. In F2015, YWS helped 77 clients find permanent housing, conducted 959 housing meetings and held 20 housing workshops.

Finally, YWS's Steps to Success Program makes up 6% of program spending, its Employment Program makes up 4% of program spending, and its Educational Outreach Program makes up 3% of program spending.

Charity Intelligence has analysed Youth Without Shelter since 2009 and it a consistently high-ranked charity with high charity impact. Youth Without Shelter was included in Ci's 2015 Canada Charity Impact Fund, one of 10 charities with high impact in the social services sector. It is of particular interest to donors looking to fund programs that best help youth homelessness in Toronto.

Financial Review:

Youth Without Shelter is a small-cap charity, with donations of $797k in F2015. The charity does not report its administrative and fundraising costs in its audited financial statements. This report uses the charity's T3010 filing for the administrative and fundraising costs. Its administrative costs are 7% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 26% of donations. For every $1 donated to the charity, 68 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci's reasonable range. Youth Without Shelter has funding reserves of $634k, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 32%. This means that it can cover 4 months of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Youth Without Shelter. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 6, 2016 by Lynn Tay.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201520142013
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.8%4.6%0.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 25.6%32.3%21.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 31.7%29.0%30.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
201520142013
Donations 797,267748,055720,761
Goods in kind 464,600355,907328,320
Government funding 1,109,6821,067,7741,142,739
Other income 8,29412,71710,664
Total revenues 2,379,8432,184,4532,202,484
Program costs 2,002,1011,815,7322,008,856
Administrative costs 161,897100,6650
Fundraising costs 204,252241,782151,130
Cash flow from operations 11,59326,27442,498
Funding reserves 634,196526,654620,464
Note: Ci has used the administrative and fundraising costs reported in the charity’s T3010 filing in this report. Ci has adjusted amortization of property and equipment grants affecting revenues by ($125k) in F2015, by ($120k) in F2014, and by ($116k) in F2013. Ci has adjusted amortization affecting expenses by ($117k) in F2015, by ($135k) in F2014, and by ($125k) in F2013.

Comments added by the Charity:

Two core practices guide all services at YWS:

1)   Strength-based model of care:  focuses on young people’s strengths and building a safe, community within our walls and a relationship based upon trust and respect.

2)   Trauma informed care:  “Everyone has the right to a future that is not dictated by their past.” Majority of the youth YWS serves have had to deal with overwhelming personal experiences that may have changed their perception about life.  Our goal is to have a support system that will empower young people to success, and help them transition from a post-traumatic state to post-traumatic growth.

In June 2015 after consultation with our stakeholders and the youth we serve the YWS Board of Directors committed to a strategic plan that will guide YWS over the next three years. Considering all that we heard and learned from our stakeholders and youth a strategic plan has been developed with four strategic priorities, that can be viewed on our website.

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