Under Your Roof








Thanks to all of you who tuned in to Cover Me Urban: Under Your Roof last Thursday night we have been able to raise $150,000 for the wrap around supports and programs here at YWS!
To everyone who participated in the silent auction, donated to our website, or purchased nights of safe shelter from the “Under Our Roof” fundraiser, we cannot thank you enough! This virtual Cover Me Urban experience was so special to us, and we are so grateful to have been able to share it with you.
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who helped us reach our goal! Your continued support of the years is remarkable, and we look forward to welcoming you back in to the shelter once we can safely do so again.
Thank you everyone for helping us in our fight to end youth homelessness… one youth at a time… one step at a time!

Missed the show on May 27th?

No problem! We’ve got you covered.
Watch the full recording of the event now!
You can pause, rewind, and share with friends to help us spread the word about the realities of youth homelessness and help those in need.
Thank you for supporting our youth here at Youth Without Shelter!

Wow! Truly the best virtual event I have been apart of in the past 14 months. While Covid is keeping us all apart, I think we can all say how lucky we all were tonight to be surrounded by so much exceptional talent that we likely never would have seen otherwise, even in a live format! A round of applause to all of the performers and the planning committee who made tonight possible – it was a magical night supporting YWS!

CMU: Under Your Roof Viewer

Dear Youth Without Shelter Supporters,

Thank you for joining us last night for our first-ever virtual Cover Me Urban event “Under Your Roof”! We hope you enjoyed our showcase of Canadian talent and learned a bit more about the wonderful work that is done at YWS to help homeless youth stay safe and reach their potential.

Many thanks to our Co-hosts and Show Participants, Silent Auction Donors, Event Advisors, Production Team, YWS staff and Volunteer Committee. “It takes a village” and we are incredibly lucky and humbled by all of your support. Stay tuned for event results next week!

Best Regards,

Lynn Campbell & Susan Kroll

CMU 2021 Co-Chairs

The City of Toronto is one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Nonetheless, we have the largest homeless population in Canada. Up to 40,000 youth face homelessness across Canada with 6,000 – 7,000 seeking a safe place to be sheltered tonight. Up to 2,000 of those youth are from Toronto.

Located in the community of North Etobicoke, YWS provides a safe refuge for youth who – often through circumstances beyond their control – have found themselves without a home to call their own. Demand for our services is increasing. Youth make up the fastest-growing population of homeless people in Canada, and their needs are changing, requiring longer stays and deeper support. The longer youth remain homeless, the greater the negative outcomes. Early intervention is key.

Our goal here at YWS is to empower youth facing homelessness to reach their individual potential. With the help of our community, we aim to end youth homelessness, one youth at a time, one step at a time.



Join us for a virtual celebration in support of Youth Without Shelter and the up to 2,000 youth experiencing homelessness each night in Toronto. Learn about the realities of youth homelessness, hear success stories from lived voices, and watch performances from special guests and celebrity supporters.

Presented by Hudbay Minerals and Scotiabank and hosted by Canadian actor and comedian Ennis Esmer, Under Your Roof is the virtual embodiment of Cover Me Urban, our annual fundraiser for Youth Without Shelter.

Through a free livestream, Under Your Roof will feature incredible performances by celebrity guests such as:

  • The Tenors
  • Wali Shah
  • Owen Barney
  • Molly Johnson

as well as appearances by surprise celebrity guests and more!

All proceeds will go directly towards the YWS programs and wrap-around support services as we fight to end youth homelessness.


With up to 2,000 youth experiencing homelessness each night within the city of Toronto, it can be extremely difficult for youth to find s safe place to sleep. Before the pandemic, youth shelters within Ontario were at 97% occupancy. Since March of last year, the challenges to find safe shelter have only increased, leaving many youth with nowhere to turn.

Here at Youth Without Shelter, we provide a safe refuge for youth ages 16 to 24. The absolute basic costs needed for a youth to stay with us for one night, in a safe, warm bed, is only $25. Whether a youth stays a few days, a few months or longer, YWS is committed to helping all of our residents transition from homelessness into independent, stable living

To support our youth through our virtual event, “Under Your Roof”, we are aiming to raise funds to cover the basic costs to house as many youth as possible for an entire year at YWS.  For one youth that would be $9,125.

Leading up to our event, and during the event on May 27, you can donate to “Under Our Roof”.  For every $9,125 raised, YWS will be able to provide 1 youth with safe housing and wrap-around supports for one full year.


On May 13 at 9:00am EST our Under Your Roof auction will be open for bidding and will close May 27 at 9:30pm EST.

This year’s auction items include fabulous experiences such as a 5-Day African Safari Adventure in Tanzania! Plan a round of golf at the beautiful Taboo Golf Course in Muskoka. Head to Niagara-On-The-Lake for wine tasting or the “Savour The Sights” culinary experience at Jackson Triggs Winery. Enjoy a VIP Card from Cineplex providing you and a guest to unlimited movie admission for one year at any Cineplex location in Canada. All proceeds will directly benefit wrap-around programs and services at Youth Without Shelter.

Click the button below to register and view the complete list of auction items in advance!


Thank you to all of our sponsors who made Under Your Roof possible!

Under Your Roof Sponsors:


Since our founding over 30 years ago, YWS has developed a model of care that identifies and builds on our clients’ strengths and resiliency. We do this by providing them with opportunities to develop their confidence and key skills they’ll need to navigate life and overcome challenges. We don’t just provide a warm bed for a night; we offer practical advice and guidance from trained staff, wrap-around support programs, and a safe, comfortable home. Our goal is to move young people out of homelessness, towards independent, stable living.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the YWS staff via email at communications@yws.on.ca

or by phone 416-748-0110 ext 26

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