The caring nurses and doctors at our BensKids Health Centre understand that when a youth is focused on trying to survive a frigid night on the street or find their next meal, they are often unable to tend to their health until the situation becomes severe.
The holidays can be especially hard for the youth we serve at our drop-in. The streets are filled with festive lights and decorations. But with estrangement from family and challenges to make ends meet, it can seem like the holiday cheer is not meant for them.
It was a movie that got Trevor talking. For months, his Children’s Aid case worker could not get him to open up. She hoped a male role model might make the difference, so she referred him to Mike in our Youth in Transition (YIT) program.