What is Directions Youth Services?
Directions Youth Services is a Vancouver based resource that provides support to at-risk, homeless, or street-involved youth and young adults under 25. Our resources are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We provide safe spaces to connect with supports, detox from substances, and access transitional or short-term housing options. Directions currently has 4 locations to serve our clients.
Directions Youth Services Centre offers a safe space for street youth under 25, open 24/7 and located in downtown Vancouver. At the Centre you can: eat a hot meal, take a shower, do your laundry, see a doctor, get help finding housing, get paid work experience, look into Income Assistance, learn more about pet care, talk to someone, or just take a break from street life.
Directions Safehouse provides secure transitional housing for people aged 16 to 18. Staff work with you to get on Income Assistance, find stable housing, and get connected with any other support you need.
Directions Youth Detox is a social detox in a home-like environment that can provide stays of 7 days to people 21 and under. Our program is entirely voluntary (meaning you can choose to leave at any time) and operates on a harm-reduction model.
Directions Youth Haven enables youth under 20 to stay a week or more in a comfortable, home-like environment. Youth are able to work on their own goals, get 1:1 counselling, engage with medical professionals, Indigenous elders, and other service providers in a confidential, low-barrier setting. The resource offers support through a harm reduction, client centred lens.
What Do You Need?
Directions Youth Services is about helping you. We seek to connect you with what you need to meet your goals. Are you looking for a place to live? Are you trying to find a job? Do you want addictions or mental health support? Do you want to take a break from drug use? Are you trying finding a safe place to stay tonight? How about something to eat?
You let us know what your goals are and we will try our hardest to help you reach them.
Directions is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Staff at all of our locations are available to take your call, answer your questions, and help you however they can.
We Are Always Open
If this an emergency please call 911 or Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868
If you need to speak to a Directions youth worker, call 1-866-249-6884 to speak with someone 24/7
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emails are generally responded to by the next business day.