Amy came from a quiet, middle-class neighbourhood, and she did well in school and gymnastics. But her parents fought constantly and they were both very critical of her. When she didn’t feel ignored in the chaos, she felt there was nothing she could do to please them.
Kids growing up in homes with abuse or neglect can feel alone and helpless. They may believe that their painful experiences are a normal part of childhood that they must endure rather than something that needs to be addressed. Through our Youth Homelessness Awareness and Prevention school programs, we educate students about the issues that [...]
Alana always knew she wanted something different for her life. But everyone she tried to rely on withdrew from her or made her suffer for their own misery. Alana’s mom was lost most days, fighting battles in her mind. She suffered from mental health challenges, so she was distant and unavailable, and she was incapable [...]
Joel remembers walking along the deserted city streets one peaceful winter morning two years ago. Snow fell gently as he passed by the darkened storefronts. It was Christmas Day and he was homeless.
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.