In the early 1970s, two employees of Homewood Health Centre saw a need for a transitional residence for young women leaving Homewood treatment programs. As a result, Wyndham House opened on the Homewood grounds in 1973. In 1982, the 74 Suffolk Street West residence was purchased, and the doors opened to provide a cooperative home to young women aged 16 to 21. While living in a safe and supportive environment, residents worked toward their educational goals and learned the life skills required for independent living. In May of 2000, Wyndham House opened the doors of a second residence in Guelph to provide these same services to homeless young men. Initiated by members of the Guelph Teen Housing Committee, ten years of dedication and hard work came to fruition with the purchase of 51 Bellevue Street. Upon purchasing this property, Guelph Teen Housing merged with Wyndham House.
Wyndham House now operates two Long Term Residential Programs. Both homes are staffed 24 hours a day and each has capacity for eight youth. At each of the homes, the clients have full access to a Life Skills Development and Program as well as an After Care Support program, thus empowering and educating them with the skills and abilities needed to make positive, healthy life choices about their future.
In addition to the Long Term Residential Programs, in 2008, we expanded our programs to include an Emergency Youth Shelter as well as a Youth Resource Centre in the downtown.
All programs offer a non-judgemental environment and focus on working collaboratively with the youth to support them in reaching their full potential. All of our innovative programs are customized to take a progressive service approach. Our successes and ongoing work in navigating youth through challenging times and complex issues has enhanced our capacity and has made us the agency we are today.
In 2009, the board, management, and staff of the agency engaged in a comprehensive planning process that resulted in a new Mission and Vision for the organization.