For a homeless youth, employment is the promise of an independent future. Our Employment Centre offers a structured and supportive program that helps our youth find work and build job readiness skills.“At the Employment Centre, we’re offering hope and potential to youth who maybe haven’t felt it before,” says Supervisor Fred. “Our program brings out [...]
Every kid who comes to us has a personal story that includes grief and heartbreak. Loss and trauma are what set them on a path to homelessness, and the feeling of shame and helplessness to rise above it can keep them from moving forward.
When a scared and mistrustful kid comes to our health care clinic, our caring nurses gently help them to open up about their health challenges. Learning to trust the intentions of adults again and accept their help is a critical step for a youth to heal and move forward.
Many youth who are struggling to cope with homelessness must also contend with serious mental health issues. About 35 percent of the homeless youth who come to us are suffering from mental illnesses, like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or schizophrenia. This marks a significant increase from a decade ago.
Many of our youth have happy endings to their time in our crisis shelter. However, sometimes it’s a difficult journey to get there. I truly believe that we can never stop hoping for a happy ending for our youth, no matter how bad it gets.