Pictou County Roots For Youth offers safe and supportive shelter options for youth ages 14-24 who are experiencing issues of homelessness. We offer an alternative to life on the street, as well as opportunities that support optimal youth development, and the experiences and assistance necessary to secure safe and stable long-term living arrangements. We are committed to helping youth end their experience of homelessness with their current episode.

PCRFY provides emergency shelter that is grounded in the theories of attachment, trauma, positive youth development, social emotional competencies, and resilience. The program emphasizes a Natural Supports Approach, and holistic, relational, developmental, culturally competent, and strength-based strategies for working with youth.

We have 8 beds dedicated to a 3 month stay and offer three beds per night for emergency overnight stay. Youth who are accessing overnight stays complete an intake protocol for the program and are connected to case managers; however they are only able to access for a night at a time on a first come first serve basis.


The Youth Case Worker assists youth involved in the program to overcome barriers and develop life skills, so they are able to make healthier choices and reduce the risk of further homelessness. Providing intensive case management specific to the individual client needs, ensuring that services provided are relevant to the needs of the clients. The Youth Case worker ensures the program environment is positive and safe for all youth. All youth in the program work with the Youth Case Worker, who provides advocacy, supports life skills development and a positive sense of self, and assists in goal planning (such as education, health, and employment) that will support the youth in their successful transition to community living.


During the day any youth can access drop in services. They can get access to a healthy meal, shower, toiletries, internet, staff support, referrals, advocacy, Harm Reduction support and employment support. 


Aspen House is a foyer model program designed to provide a safe, supportive environment where female identified youth between the ages of 16-24 can overcome trauma, begin to address the issues that led to homelessness or kept them homeless, and begin to rebuild their support network. Offering long-term housing and comprehensive support in a home-like environment to young women who are at risk of experiencing life on the street. Before entering the program youth may be experiencing considerable housing instability, alongside additional risks such as addictions, trauma, family conflict, violence and exploitation.

Transition house will support you in building the self-confidence and independence needed to live your best life.

Aspen Houses Focuses On

  • Education and Employment

  • Connection with family and Natural Supports

  • Trauma informed Care

  • Strength based Practices

  • Collaborative and proactive approach with a focus on prevention

Sprout Mobile Youth Outreach supports youth between the ages of 16-24 who have, and are, experienced housing instability, addictions, mental health and natural support breakdown. The program provides an outreach worker to any and all practical support services, many of our county and support services are unknown to youth in crisis. Sprout will make them aware of them and provide assistance and support to access. This includes low income housing, food bank, Income assistance, mental health and addictions programs, trauma support, and family/natural support mediation.

The Community Cupboard provides food, and other amenities to all

 individuals who are in need. It is located at The Nest at 342 Stewart St. Unit 5 during regular business hours (Monday - Friday 9AM to 5PM)  

We acknowledge that the land that we live and work on, Mi'kma'ki, is the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people first signed with the British Crown in 1725.