Welcome Home to Aspen and Birch!

Aspen and Birch homes offer a combined accommodation to 6 youth. Located in Pictou County, each home is supported by one Live-in Roommate, Respite Staff, and the Program Coordinator.

With new oversight and under a new foyer model designed to provide a safe, supportive environment, youth between the ages of 16-24 can overcome trauma, begin to address the issues that led to homelessness, and begin to rebuild their support network. Transitional housing will support youth in building self-confidence and self-sustainability needed to reach their highest potential for independence. Prior to participating in the program, youth may have been experiencing considerable housing instability, alongside additional risks such as addictions, trauma, family conflict, violence, and exploitation.  

Our transitional housing program focuses on the following developments:

  • Education and Employment
  • Connection with Family and Natural Supports
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Strength Based Practices
  • Collaborative and Proactive Approach with a Focus on Prevention

We offer long-term housing and comprehensive support in a home-like environment to youth who are at risk of experiencing life on the street. Transitional housing supports youth in building the self-confidence and independence needed to live their best lives.

In alignment with Roots Core Values Aspen and Birch Houses offer:

Empathy: Roots operates from a Trauma-Informed and Youth-Centered approach, using strength-based practices and youth-centered case management.

Direction: Our Staff support Youth Voice-Youth Choice options for self-identifying specific goals to achieve a self-sustainable adulthood.

Equity: Youth are shown the same supports, love, compassion and equipped with all the individual tools they need to self-determine their success regardless of their history.

Safety: Roots provides emotional safety and uses a harm reduction model, installing tools of emotional intelligence and support to process out of crisis cycles.

Advocacy: Our staff not only step up to advocate for youth but teach youth how to advocate for themselves and others.

Diversity: Roots makes space for every individual and creates space for recognition and celebration of all diverse backgrounds.

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.