Young Carers Initiative

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; Email:
Alternate Contact Erica Siebert, Program Manager; Phone: 905-397-4201 ext 424; Email:
Primary Executive Rhiarn Wales, 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) Young Carers are children, youth, and youth adults who provide care for a family member due to a chronic illness, disability (physical or intellectual), mental health issue, addiction issue, or socioeconomic factor (single parent family, language barrier, etc.). 
The Young Carers Initiative (YCI) - Powerhouse Project is a non-profit agency with a mission to serve caregiving children, youth, young adults and their families. Through social, recreational, and educational programs, resilience, self-esteem, and life skills are fostered.  
Powerhouse Project offers a variety of free services and activities to empower young carers and their families, and give young carers respite from their caregiving responsibilities. Services aim to reduce isolation and caregiver fatigue, alleviate stress and anxiety, and invest peer support. 
Services offered include: 
◾ Weekly respite programming (Carer's Night Out) 
◾ Life skills programming 
◾ Special events 
◾ March break programs 
◾ Summer camps 
◾ Teen and young adult programming 
◾ Youth advisory committees 
◾ Educational workshops 
◾ One-to-one visits
Hours Hours vary, call for information
Eligibility Ages: 5 year(s) - 25 year(s) 
An assessment will be done as part of the intake appointment in order to confirm eligibility
Application Call Erica 905-397-4201 ext 424 to schedule an intake appointment. Anyone can make a referral to the program.
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 November. 2007
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ; Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN
Meetings Board of Directors 4th Mon of the month 5:30 pm-8 pm
Service Categories Respite Care ~ Young Adults ; Respite Care ~ Youth
Print Material Brochures available