Last year, 24-year-old Michael found himself with nowhere to live. He couldn’t afford his own apartment and had no one to stay with. After looking online, he found the Y’s emergency shelter, Y House. “I thought it would be a safe place to be,” he says.
Through this long and cold winter, Michael has spent his nights at Y House, then stayed warm during the day at the Y’s drop-in centre. This situation allows him to access the support he needs (“the staff support and help me”), and work towards his plans for the future. Plans that include our new, pre-employment program, offered on site,. “I’m so excited to have this opportunity,” he explains “knowing that I will get somewhere, and have people who will help and support me” means a lot to Michael.
We want to support more young people like Michael, which is why construction is currently underway to relocate Y House onto the 2nd floor of Vanauley. Having our shelter, drop-in centre, employment programs, and other supportive services all under one roof will create a true, holistic Centre of Community for youth when they need us most. We don’t just want to provide a bed, so youth like Michael have a place to sleep, we want to give them access to opportunities so they can build on their strengths, and achieve their goals.
Michael’s dreams include university or college, and one day becoming a youth worker so he can help others. With his perseverance, and our support, we think he’s going to get there.
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