Programs and Services
From counselling and community to housing and health, we make sure that no matter where you are on your personal journey, we’re here for you.
Every step of the way
Friends of Ruby is dedicated to progressive well-being – services that are tailored to each youth, always working with them towards the next step. Within our comprehensive framework, we prioritize strengthening our programs that support youth’s basic needs (housing, food, safety, physical and mental health) before moving to other practical or social needs.
Mental Health Support
The counselling team at Friends of Ruby reflects the diversity of the LGBTQI2S community. Their personal and professional experience informs our comprehensive and collaborative approach to mental health and well-being.
Drop-In Services and Programming
At our drop-in space LGBTQI2S youth aged 16-19 will find meals, activities, support groups and community. We offer barrier free one-on-one counselling, support with gender identity and sexual orientation, and help with finding housing, healthcare and jobs.
This week’s drop-in hours (open for essential services only)
Tuesday: 1:30pm – 4:30pm (BIPOC-only drop-in)
Wednesday: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Thursday: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Friday: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Case Management and Practical Support
We’re here to help with informal counselling, life-skills development and assistance overcoming barriers and navigating systems to find housing, employment and healthcare.
The Friends of Ruby Home is a first-of-its-kind transitional house, designed specifically for LGBTQI2S youth. We also offer assistance with finding housing at our Youth Centre.
Friends of Ruby supports LGBTQI2S youth (aged 16-29) through mental health services, social services and housing. Our approach is comprehensive, involving mind, body and community – supporting youth wherever they are on their personal journey.
When you give to Friends of Ruby, you directly support essential services for LGBTQI2S youth. We provide meals, groceries, community programming, practical supports and mental health services.
Volunteers are an essential part of our organization and support staff and youth in different capacities. As a volunteer you’d play a vital role in our mission, while gaining valuable experience and developing new skills.
Friends of Ruby has a passionate team whose personal and professional experiences strengthen our services. As a team member, you would partake in vital work with LGBTQI2S youth. We aim to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds and communities, recognizing their unique competencies, ideas and experiences.