A Conduit for Well-being
Dorie’s House offers a six bed in-patient treatment program for youth ages 12-18 who struggle with substance misuse. Our approach provides youth opportunities to evaluate how their substance misuse impacts their own lives and the lives of those around them.
With the support of Mental Health and Addictions, we provide group, educational and recreational programming tailored to meet the needs of individual residents. This programming includes both group and individual counselling, intended to bridge youth back to their communities as they heal, moving them towards positive recovery.
But we don’t stop there.
In addition to our recovery program, we offer 24-hour emergency housing support for youth who require shelter in times of crisis.
Our goal is to connect our residents to a wide range of community supports, enveloping them in care so that they too might have the chance to become successful, resilient members of society.
These supports might range from access to mental health and addictions treatment, to social services programming, or it may be as simple as connecting youth to employment opportunities or a reconnection to education.
We believe that, by offering quality, preventative supports early – before they’ve “fallen between the cracks” – we can empower youth towards skill building and problem solving, substantially improving their quality of life, and drive them towards positive health and life choices that will carry them into adulthood.
We are a conduit for well-being.
Closing the Gap
In February 2013, representatives from more than forty organisations met to revisit the idea of establishing an emergency shelter for youth in southwest Saskatchewan. By July 2016, with the support of our community, we broke ground on Dorie’s House – an eight bedroom shelter located in Swift Current, SK. Read more…
Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter, Inc. provides a safe, secure living environment for youth, in order to build their resiliency and strengthen their foundations into adulthood. We empower youth towards independence through skill building and connectivity with family and community, encouraging them to make positive choices around substance use, mental health, and safe shelter.
To provide safe and secure shelter for youth in times of crisis in order to connect them to community support services. Read more …
Run for the Shelter
Come Run. Come Walk. Come Support Dorie’s House.
Our annual Run for the Shelter event, now in its 6th year, has raised over $26,000 for the shelter. Want to learn how you can get involved?
Rebecca Donnelly has an ongoing passion to get to know, work with, and support people. She has studied and worked in the social/mental-health field not only in Canada (Saskatchewan and Quebec), but also in England, Ireland and France. With a special focus on Mental Health, through counselling, project management and community education,
Rebecca has worked extensively with trauma, suicide, and all forms of violence, both in rural and urban settings. Rebecca had the privilege of working for 3 years as Outreach Manager for Southwest Crisis Services, before taking on this unique challenge and very exciting opportunity as Executive Director of Dorie’s House Treatment Centre.
What continues to guide Rebecca in work (and life in general) is committing to the support of individuals and communities with openness, kindness, understanding and respect.
Janet Ireson is the House Manager at Dorie’s House Treatment Centre. She was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario and relocated to Northern Saskatchewan two years ago. She is Social Service Worker with a special focus in trauma-informed care and resilience. She loves learning from others and has had the privilege of working with youth and families in school settings, youth centres, government agencies, and non-profit organisations. She’s held these positions in Southern Ontario, English River First Nation, SK, and now, Swift Current, SK.
Janet enjoys collaborating with community partners to create programs that strengthen children, youth, families, and their communities. Dorie’s House has been a community driven project from the beginning and as someone who believes in the power of community work and youth, this is very exciting to her and she believes that it will have a positive impact on the Swift Current community and Saskatchewan as a whole.
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Southwest Youth Emergency Shelter, Inc.
SWYES, Inc., is a registered charity (No. 815316377) operating Dorie’s House, a youth shelter located in Swift Current, SK.
SWYES, Inc., works in the spirit of truth and reconciliation, acknowledging Saskatchewan as the traditional territory of First Nations and Métis people. Dorie’s House is located on Treaty 4 land.