Room Mates

“Thank you so much for painting our room. It looks beautiful. It’s so bright and cheerful now. Being in this situation a room is normally just a room, but each time now I enter my room it feels like mine. My room is now somewhere I can reflect, thank you.”

-YWS resident

Room Mates offers an innovative opportunity for businesses, groups, families or individuals to provide a home­like setting for our residents by transforming individual bedrooms into warm and happy spaces. A donation of $1,500 provides for the ongoing maintenance and refurbishment of the sponsored bedroom for one year. Room Mates donors are invited to renew their support on an annual basis.

Room Mates also gives the donor the opportunity to transform the bedroom by decorating in an on­site volunteer experience if they wish to do so. Decorating is limited to painting and bedding. Let your imagination soar by considering patterns, sponging, multiple colours and other effects. A colourful sign recognizing your Room Mates room is placed on the exterior of the bedroom door.

If the walls of a bedroom at YWS could talk they would share that they have welcomed: youth fleeing abusive homes; a youth dealing with a substance abuse issue; a young life who is struggling to come to terms with mental illness; and many a young individual with fears, hopes and dreams. Become a Room Mates donor and add a welcoming touch of home to a YWS bedroom.

To book your personal tour of YWS to see how you can become a Room Mates donor contact our Development and Engagement Office at 416.748.0110 ext. 26 or

At the 2012 YWS Annual General Meeting (and above the noise of people connecting about YWS), a volunteer shared about her experiences with Room Mates. Click here to watch.