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Website: www.waypointsnl.ca

145 LeMarchant Road
PO Box 632
St. John’s, NL
A1C 5K8

Rick Kelly, Executive Director
Tel: (709) 368-6390                             Fax: (709) 368-6121
Email: rickkelly@waypointsnl.ca

Jackie Kelly, Director of Residential and Support Services
Tel: (709) 722-9397
Email: jackiekelly@waypointsnl.ca

Lori Leonard, Family Support Program Coordinator
Tel: (709) 368-6024
Email: lorileonard@waypointsnl.ca

Hugo McCarthy, Manager, Employment and Outreach Services
23 Rowan Street, in Churchill Square
St. John’s, NL, A1B 2X2
Tel: (709) 738-3392                          Fax: (709) 738-8755
Email: hugomccarthy@waypointsnl.ca or employment@waypointsnl.ca
Website: http://www.youthareworking.ca/


To provide a variety of residential and support services to children, youth and families. Waypoints strives to create an environment of respect and empathy that promotes and challenges individuals to achieve personal growth and the skills necessary to lead healthy and fulfilling lives

Target Population:

Young people ages 8-18 who are involved with Children, Seniors and Social Development or Youth Corrections, and their families; youth ages 18-30 who face barriers to education and employment

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:


  • All residential programs are based on a developmental and relational model of group care and include activity programming, life skills, group work, educational support and family support. Child and Youth Care Workers use a variety of approaches to teach and promote positive change in the lives of our children, youth and families. Intervention is individually based on the needs of the children, youth and families and occurs in the context of a planned environment and the use of daily life events for therapeutic purposes.
  • All residential programs provide accommodations for males and females, ages 8-18. The goal of these programs is to provide a therapeutic residential milieu to children, youth and families who are in the care of Children, Seniors and Social Development to help foster their development into responsible productive, self-sufficient, well rounded members of society. These programs operate from a psycho-educational model attempting to meet the physical, psychological, social, developmental, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs of the children, youth and families.
  • Live-In Parent Model Program(s) is a residential program for child and youth between the ages of 8-15 who are in the care of the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development. The program is staffed using a house parent model and is designed to provide a homelike, supportive, nurturing and therapeutic environment for children who are experiencing difficulties.

Employment and Outreach:

  •  Waypoints Employment and Outreach Services provides individualized and group support services to youth, ages 18-30, who face barriers to education and employment. Waypoints staff support youth who are experiencing difficulties in their lives in areas such as education, reliable housing, and healthy lifestyle choices. Outreach support seeks to connect with youth and explore new opportunities and creative ways to build healthier and more fulfilling lives.
  • Youth are Working is a Skills Link project funded by Service Canada which provides exposure to life and employment related skills, practical work experience, and continuous learning opportunities. Using both group work and an individualized approach to personal and career development, program staff assist youth in developing their employment portfolio with the goal of preparing them for the realities of the workplace and the expectations of today’s employers.

Family Support:

  •  Waypoints Family Support Program offers a collaborative and holistic approach for providing in-home support to families. Youth care workers engage with families in their life space through the development of therapeutic relationships and the use of hands-on interventions and activities. A major emphasis is placed on goal setting, strength identification, the promotion of competency, and capacity building.
  • Parent Support and Education Group focuses on areas such as child development, discipline, communication and self-care.


  • Therapeutic Nature Adventure Camp
  • Monthly Recreational Activities