Our Story

Arrabon House Incorporated is a not-for-profit organization located in Toronto, offering residential treatment, supportive housing, aftercare support and counseling services to youth 13 to 24 that identify as female, gender fluid or non-binary.  Many of these youth are survivors of abuse, trauma and mental health.  They are in need of safe shelter, positive life skills and emotional support.  Arrabon provides a safe, healing and inclusive environment, respecting the uniqueness of each young person, and empowering them to grow to their full potential.

Arrabon House was established in 1973 by concerned community members. Sister Maria Lanthier initiated the community support that led to the acquisition of the 29 Wilson Park Road home. She then established the agency as a part of the residential service network (funded by the provincial government), and became the first Director.

In 1994, with the support of Arrabon’s second Director, Sister Rosemary Albon, Lanthier Place residence opened its doors on Vaughan Road. Lanthier Place provides second stage housing for Arrabon graduates and youth that identify as female, gender fluid or non-binary from other community agencies who are ready to live independently with the support of a live-in mentor.

We grew again in 2009. In partnership with Pelletier Youth in Transition, Arrabon House started Hope For Youth, expanding the aftercare program to provide continued support and counseling to youth transitioning out of our residential programs into a productive and meaningful adult life.  This program is now funded by Stepstones.

Arrabon is a Greek word that signifies a promise of new things to come, of hope. The name is synonymous with the mission of our organization – we are dedicated to empowering younth who struggle with emotional and mental health issues to reach their full potential. We encourage our young people to accept their past and challenge them to reach their goals, while respecting the uniqueness of each youth and providing inclusive services.