Notre Dame House

14 Cannon Street West
Hamilton, ON L8R 2B3
P: 905.308.8090

Director: Loretta Hill-Finamore

Notre Dame House & Community Outreach Services
Good Shepherd Notre Dame is committed to helping youth who are street-involved or homeless due to family violence, conflict, abuse, neglect, poverty and exposure to mental health and addiction issues. Our goal is to ensure that they have the support they need to overcome obstacles and break down barriers to become active and contributing members of our community. 

Notre Dame House is a 24-hour emergency shelter providing 21 beds for homeless and street involved youth between 16 and 21 years of age.  The program uses a unique team approach with community collaboration to help youth reach their personal goals using a strength based and client centred approach.

Program objectives are achieved through:

  • 24 Hour a day intake and admissions
  • Meeting all basic needs by providing  all Meals and Snacks, Clothing, Laundry and Hygiene products, etc.
  • Advocacy and Case Co-ordination
  • Recreational / Therapeutic programming
  • On-Site Access to Mental Health Services and Consulting Psychiatry
  • On-Site Access to a General Practitioner and/or Nurse Practitioner 
  • On-Site Addiction / Substance Use Supports (Alternatives for Youth)
  • On-Site Withdrawal Management Assessment and Monitoring  (St. Joseph’s Hospital)
  • Aftercare services through our Community Resource Centre 

Community Outreach Services
The Notre Dame Community Resource Centre, is a multi-agency resource centre for at-risk youth residing within the community who are between 16 and 21 years of age. Youth have access to a number of outreach support services and programs to assist them in remaining housed; diverting them from homelessness and street involvement. 

A case coordinator assists the youth in navigating community and internal services based on their identified needs.

Resources available include, but are not limited to:

  • Help with getting back into school or finding employment
  • Assistance obtaining or replacing  ID
  • Access to Housing Workers
  • Help with applying for or maintaining Social Assistance
  • Hot Meal Program, 7 days a week (Lunch and Dinner)
  • Ontario Works Youth Trustee Program
  • Connections to community supports
  • Free laundry facilities and clothing/household donations
  • Access to all on-site Mental Health, Medical Care, Addiction/Substance Use Services
  • Recreational and Lifeskills based programming
  • Early Diversion and Family Mediation
  • In partnership with the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre we provide opportunities for youth to engage in cultural activities and to reconnect with their traditional teachings
  • In partnership with Centre 3, we work with the NU deal program, the Notre Dame House School offers a free studio based course for youth in transition. In this professional 12 week course youth learn how to design, print, film, market and sell their work. For more info contact
  • In partnership with ART Forms and Recreate, we create opportunities to explore a full array of creative pursuits, ones which promote self-discovery, leadership development, and an activated dialogue with the city at large. For more info check out     
  • In partnership with the Young Parent network and the Youth Housing support team we have a worker designated in the community to support pregnant and parenting teens who access the shelter

Download the Notre Dame House & School brochure here.