On November 1st (2023) the Women’s Centre Grey Bruce (TWC) Anti-Human Trafficking Program for Youth (AHT) moved from it’s current location on 2nd Ave. E. in Owen Sound to a new private location on the east side of Owen Sound.
AHT is a residential graduated program for youth between the ages of 15 and 18 who are at risk of, or have previously been, human trafficked. Program participants receive supportive listening counselling, flexible programming to allow fulfilment of school and work commitments, opportunities to learn valuable life skills, and goal setting through the duration of their participation in the live-in program. Youth in the program also have access to other TWC supports and services if necessary, including court support and clinical counselling. Additionally, TWC has received a Residential Children’s License allowing for up to eight live-in program participants at the new location.
Potential AHT clients can be referred by community partners and agencies, through consultation with police, school boards, or through parents and guardians. Youth may also self-refer. AHT may also offer space to youth from outside Grey and Bruce who may need to flee their Ontario hometown. Admissions are determined on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with TWC AHT policies and procedures.
AHT also offers support and services to non-live in youth who require their services. The new residence will serve as a location for private meetings, counselling, recovery, and reintegration supports for both live-in and non-live in clients.
Additionally, fundraising is progressing to help with the renovation costs and, so far, $112,000 of the $150,000 goal has been reached. If you or someone you know is able and interested in helping close that gap, visit www.thewomenscentre.org/adoptaroom.
If you would like to learn more about how you can support AHT programming or contribute to the renovation fundraising through Adopt-A-Room, email email@example.com or visit thewomenscentre.org/adoptaroom. If you are interested in learning more about AHT programming and admissions, visit www.thewomenscentre.org/aht.
If you are a young person who feels unsafe or are experiencing abuse, call or text the 24/7 crisis line 226-668-0357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For emergency situations, call 9-1-1.