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 providing services that are tailored to your needs. We will work with you every step towards achieving your goals and meeting your needs. Within our comprehensive framework we prioritize you and what is important to you. Through our services and programming we do our best to provide support around housing, food, physical and mental health supports, and social connection and community.

Mental Health Support

The counselling team at Friends of Ruby reflects the diversity of the 2SLGBTQIA+ 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 2SLGBTQIA+ youth aged 16-29 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

Monday: 11:30am – 6:30pm

Tuesday: 11:00am – 6:30pm

Wednesday: 11:00am – 6:30pm

Thursday: 11:00am – 6:30pm

Friday: 11:00am – 6:30pm

In partnership with United Way, Friends of Ruby has expanded case management services, supported more food insecure 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, and increase supports for trans youth via the drop-in centre.  

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 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. We also offer assistance with finding housing at our Youth Centre.

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About Us

Friends of Ruby supports 2SLGBTQIA+ 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 2SLGBTQIA+ 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 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. We aim to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds and communities, recognizing their unique competencies, ideas and experiences.

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