History of Huron House Boys’ Home
Huron House Boys’ Home was established as an agency in 1970 by a group of concerned citizens from Sarnia who saw a need for a safe, warm, and home-like environment for teenaged boys. The positive response from the community was so great that in 1972 a 12-member volunteer Board of Directors incorporated the agency to form Youth Services of Lambton County Inc., commonly known as Huron House Boys’ Home. The Board of Directors immediately purchased the 10-acre property known as Our Lady of Sorrows Junior Seminary, which they had been leasing from the Roman Catholic Diocese of London.
Huron House Boys’ Home is a non-denominational, non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide a safe and structured residential environment for adolescent boys with complex needs in order that they may have the opportunity to make positive changes in their lives.
In 1997, the Board of Directors established a separate arms-length Foundation, with its own volunteer Board of Directors and the responsibility of ensuring the long term financial viability of the Boys’ Home. The primary focus of the Huron House Boys’ Home Foundation is to develop a strong community presence through various fundraising efforts.
The excellent staff and diverse and unique programs at Huron House Boys’ Home have been responsible for a very high success rate. Since its inception, Huron House Boys’ Home has helped more than 1,000 boys. They have grown into strong community-minded men with careers of which they and the community can be proud. Teachers, principals, child care workers, businessmen, engineers, and mechanics are just some of the careers in which boys have found success.
Huron House Boys’ Home is licensed annually by the Province of Ontario. It is accredited by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation as a Children’s Mental Health Centre. It is funded by the Ministry of Health, fee for service, donations, and community fundraising.
Today Huron House Boys’ Home remains a well-established agency, highly regarded throughout Southwestern Ontario.