A loving parent prepares their kids for life in countless ways until they take those first tenuous steps out into the world. By giving a gentle reminder about manners, sharing a personal anecdote about weathering a life challenge or even showing how to tie a tie, a parent will guide their children to grow into [...]
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.