John Howard Society of Durham Region

Youth Residence Programs

What you need to know about accessing our residences during the COVID-19 pandemic…

  • continue to contact our Transition Worker, Rhonda, at (905) 718-1256 for information
  • we have put in place strict rules and guidelines for accepting new residents at this time, but we are happy to talk about the fit for you so please give us a call
  • read below for general program information and reach out if you have any questions

About the Programs

The John Howard Society of Durham provides two safe, structured, supportive residences. The programs assist youth in learning the skills necessary to live independently in the community. This includes key areas of self-sufficiency such as:

  • Budgeting
  • Time Management
  • Menu Planning
  • Job Finding and Keeping
  • Education Options
  • Food Preparation
  • Communication Skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making

The programs also take into account the individual needs of the residents by providing support counselling or referrals in areas such as income support, managing emotions, family and relationships, substance use, and mental health.

To arrange for an intake interview for either residence, please contact the Transitional Worker at 905-718-1256


The Whitby Residence

The Whitby Residence opened in October 1985 to provide a structured environment to male youth aged 15 to 18 years, who are motivated to make constructive changes in their lives. The house is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staff support youth to learn daily living skills and provide the on-going support which will enable these young men to eventually live successfully and independently in the community.

Program fees, which include food, laundry facilities and support counselling, are $450 per month.

Phone: 905-668-4614
Fax: 905-668-0009

The Oshawa Residence

The Oshawa Residence opened in June of 1990 to provide a semi-independent living environment for any youth who are 16  to 20 years of age. The program is staffed seven days a week, including overnights. Staff provide support and assistance to those who have attained a degree of self-sufficiency, but who could still benefit from the support and structure provided.

Program fees, which include food, laundry facilities and support are $450per month.
Phone: 905-434-5388
Fax: 905-434-1941