Kiddies with parents on Friday and Saturday from 6-7 p.m. only
The SHYFT haunted house is back for a second year.
Young people from across the tri-counties are working to transform the Supportive Housing Youth Focus Team (SHYFT) house on the corner of Argyle Street and Trinity Place into a haunted house for Halloween. The haunted house will be open from Friday, Oct. 25, to Sunday, Oct. 27, from 7 – 9 pm.
Kirsta Morris and Cameron Albright get in some practice for the SHYFT haunted house coming up Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the house located on the corner of Argyle Street and Trinity Place.
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The organizers have set aside an hour each on Friday and Saturday for a walk-through for younger children. The youngsters will have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian which will run from 6-7 p.m.
Last year, the first for the SHYFT haunted house, 37 volunteers joined staff in providing a chilling, frightfully fun time for those who came through the house. Organizers expect as many to participate this year.
Entrance to the haunted house is $5, $2 for young children during the walk through.
For further information contact SHYFT at 881-3111.
In addition to the public events, the haunted house will be open for an Icy Knights program on Wednesday evening. Icy Nights is a program that matches Yarmouth Junior A Mariner hockey players with kids in the community facing physical, intellectual or emotional challenges.
The haunted house is a fundraiser for SHYFT youth services, which provides a variety of services to youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Youth have access to supportive services – from practical needs like showers and laundry, to one-on-one counseling and connecting with other service providers (mental health, justice, community and education services).
SHYFT’s shelter for homeless youth operated for 15 months until the spring of 2012. It closed after the province stopped providing operational funding.
The organization received funding in July 2012 under the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).
The house is now open during the day and early evening, but SHYFT was founded on the principle of a housing-first approach because without a safe place to live, accessing every day services, finding employment or even going to school becomes much more challenging.
There are still gaps in services and fundraising is a critical component of continuing service.