The Nitty Gritty

and all the need-to-know details

When & Where

6:00 PM on Friday, June 10 to
8:00 AM on Saturday, June 11

10233 – 96 Avenue NW


Our goal this year is to raise $100,000. Participants are required to raise a minimum of $100 in donations. Your fundraising support will help YESS bring light and hope to those who are lost and in search for a new beginning.

When you register, you will get a customizable personal webpage from which you can email friends and family with your own message, allowing them to donate to your Homeless for a Night campaign.  We’ll also give you tips and resources to make sure you reach and exceed your fundraising goal.

Participant Registration Fee: $20**
Registration Deadline: June 09, 2016
Minimum Fundraising Amount: $100
Fundraising Deadline: June 10, 2016

**non-transferable & non-refundable

The Venue

What’s On-Site

  • Concession (refreshments and munchies)
  • Washrooms
  • Free parking
  • Bar (age of majority required)
  • Live Entertainment & Music
  • Firewood & marshmallow roasting supplies
  • Dinner & Breakfast are included too!

Whats Not On-Site

  • Showers
  • Power outlets
  • Heaters

When you’re Homeless for a Night, keep in mind you won’t have access to all the luxuries you have at home – our kids at YESS don’t either.  We challenge you to leave behind your usual ‘comforts’, like your fluffy pillow, so you can really get an experience of what its like to live without.

Can You Live Without These Comforts?

(We challenge you not to bring these items…but won’t judge you if you do)

  • Pillow
  • Extra blankets
  • Extra clothing
  • Change of Clothes
  • Towels
  • Personal care products (toiletries)
  • Valuables

Comforts We Encourage You To Bring

(These items will help you fight the night)

  • Tent (no spikes, please)
  • Lawn chairs
  • Flashlight
  • Books, board games, cards, or other entertainment
  • Sports equipment like frisbees, soccer balls, baseball gear for play in the outfield
  • Ear plugs (if you are a light sleeper)
  • Cash for concession, food trucks, raffles, and the bar for those that are of age
  • Snacks (only dinner and breakfast are provided)

What to Expect

Day 1
10 Jun 2016
Day 2
11 Jun 2016


The gates to Homeless for a Night 2016 will open at 6:00 pm! If you have received any cash or cheque donations, be sure to bring them with you when you register so they can be credited to your fundraising total. Can't be there right at 6pm? We understand. Registration will remain open until 9pm.

Dinner & Welcome

Enjoy our favorite pizza for dinner! Compliments of our friends from Boston Pizza!

Amazing Race – H4AN Style

Gather your #H4AN teammates and friends to compete! You'll need brains, brawn, speed, and great team spirit to complete the challenges!

Awards & Presentation

Sit and listen to one of our youth tell first-hand, his story of struggle and resiliency. See if you are one of our top fundraisers! Awards will be given for the top individual fundraiser, top team, and top corporate team.

Karaoke with Mr.Entertainment

Sing your soul out at the first ever H4AN Karaoke! Hosted by Mr.Entertainment and Scotty Parsons.

Board Games

Table Top Cafe is bringing a few favourites from their collection of hundreds of board games! Pull up a picnic table and get ready to roll!

The Myths

Youth choose to be homeless.
Homelessness is not a choice.

Homeless youth are lazy and don’t want to work.
More than 80% of homeless youth want to work but face barriers to getting a job such as having no fixed address, no phone, lack of experience, or criminal records.

Street-involved youth are primarily from low-income households.
50% of homeless youth come from suburban middle-class situations – from neighborhoods just like yours. It can happen to anyone.

The main reason youth leave home is because they don’t want to follow rules.
Two of the main reasons youth leave home is to escape abuse and neglect. Others have been kicked out of their home because of family conflict, religion, sexual orientation, or lifestyle choices.

Homeless youth are bad kids.
Most homeless youth have faced trauma, neglect, abuse, and other difficult realities. They aren’t bad kids. While some may resort to prostitution, theft and other forms of crime to support themselves, many have never been involved with drugs, alcohol, or the law.

I will FIGHT the NIGHT. Register Now