Choices for Change: Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselling Centre

Site: Stratford Office

Service: Crossing Bridges

Record #: PER1935
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2023
Last Full Update: 03 Nov 2022


Description (Service) Crossing Bridges is a youth drop-in program in Stratford that provides information to assist in dealing with substance use. Provides day time shelter, food, safety, employment skills, living skills, and most importantly a place to talk. Appointments are not necessary and everything is 100% confidential.

Drop in provides:
  • Supportive listening and resources
  • Information about support services available in the community and help contacting to those services if required
  • Snacks are available
  • Shelter, a warm, safe place to come and talk informally with trained professionals
  • Education about substance abuse and mental health issues
  • Workshops and groups - check with program staff about the times and availability of groups and workshops

Service Details

Hours Mon- Fri 9 am-5 pm.
Areas Served Perth County ; Stratford
Eligibility Are coping with their own or a family member's mental illness

Age Requirements: 16 year(s) - 24 year(s);
Application Self-referral. Referrals from YMCA youth centre, COPE, homeless shelter, hospital, doctor, psychiatrist, counsellor, or by others such as family, friends
Languages English; French - Programs
Fees None - no charge for membership

Address and Location

Site Location use the separate door at the back fo the building labelled Crossing Bridges
Located In Community Stratford
Address & Map
Festival Square Building; 10 Downie St
Suite 300
Stratford, ON
Canada N5A 7K4
Intersection Ontario St. and Water St.
Physical Access Partially Accessible

Contact Information

Office Phone 519-271-6730
Toll Free Phone 1-877-218-0077
Fax 519-271-2746
Social Media Facebook Facebook:
Primary Contact Toni Johnston, Lead, Peer Support Centre; Phone: Ext 230; Email:
Alternate Contact Catharine Hardman, CEO; Phone: Ext 201; Email:
Mailing Address Festival Square Building; 10 Downie St 
Suite 300 
Stratford, ON 
Canada N5A 7K4

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