Young Caregivers Association

Service: Powerhouse Project

Contact Details
Office Phone 905-397-4201
Fax 289-362-2342
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Primary Contact Michelle Lewis, Executive Director; Phone: 905-397-4201 ext 425 * (Cell) 905-932-7628; Email:
Alternate Contact Erica Siebert, Program Manager; Phone: 905-397-4201 ext 424 * (Cell) 905-932-0799; Email:
Primary Executive Chistina Smith, Board Chair; Email:
Site Details
Areas Served Haldimand County ; Niagara Region ; Norfolk County
Located In Community St Catharines
Address & Map
318 Ontario St, Unit 7A
St Catharines, ON L2R 5L8
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Intersection Ontario St and Carlton St
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) Offers a variety of services and activities to empower Young Carers and their families to foster resilience, reduce isolation and caregiver fatigue, alleviate stress and anxiety, and invest peer support and life skills.  
Carers Night Out: Offered in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. An opportunity for Young Carers to connect with one another on a weekly basis, helping to reduce isolation, anxiety and stress levels associated with their caregiving roles. For two hours each week Young Carers experience a break from their caregiving responsibilities and engage in activities that ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­are fun, creative and active.  
Life Skills Programming: 4-6 weeks in length and cover a variety of topics including: balancing stress, cooking, fitness and nutrition, scrapbooking, music, self-awareness, sports.  
Special Events: Young Carers can miss out on all kinds of experiences due to the circumstances in their families, such as going to dinner at a restaurant, spending the day at an amusement park, getting out to community events, etc. Special Events strive to increase commonalities between Young Carers and their non-caregiving peers and connections to their community while building their confidence to have success in various social situations. Each month we offer a Special Event.  
Camps: A week-long day camp full of crafts, games and activities encourages Young Carers to have fun and relax. Participating in the March Break or Summer Camp presents opportunity for Young Carers to take a break from responsibilities while enjoying the company of other Young Carers, helping to reduce isolation and stress while connecting socially and making friendships.  
Teen Programming: For Young Carers in high school. The program may look like a special event, a workshop, or time to develop some life skills.  
Young Adult Programming: Transitioning into adulthood is an exciting and sometimes daunting life stage. Powerhouse Project wants to support Young Adult Carers through this transition. Contact for more information.  
Youth Advisory Committees: A committee working to engage carers and those interested in supporting carers. Together they work to strengthen their leadership skills, shape programming, share their first-hand knowledge of being a Young Carer and make a difference.  
Educational Workshops: Offers opportunities for Young Carers and/or parents to learn about issues facing caregiving families. These workshops may cater to a select group of members (eg. being a sibling of a special needs child) or to everyone (eg. how to reduce caregiver fatigue). Topics and scheduling of workshops are in response to needs shared by our members.  
One-to-One Visits: Sometimes a Young Carer might have a lot going on in their lives and a little extra support may be just the thing they need. Program Coordinators will visit with individual Young Carers on an as-needed basis.
Hours Hours vary, visit online calendar or call for information.
Eligibility Ages: 5 year(s) - 25 year(s) 
Children, youth and young adults, who are in a caregiving role for a family member needing assistance with their daily lived experience due to chronic illness, disability (physical or intellectual), mental health issue, addiction issue, socio-economic factors (ie. language barrier, single parent household, military, jail, etc.).  
An assessment will be done as part of the intake appointment in order to confirm eligibility.
Application Call to schedule an intake appointment.
Languages English
Fees None
Physical Access Not Applicable - Programs and events are held at various locations within the community.
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 2007
Funding Provincial - Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network ; Grants - Alzheimer Society Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton, Halton
Service Categories Caregiver/Care Receiver Support Groups