Can you imagine being 16 years old, on your own, with nowhere to live?
Living at a temporary shelter and participating in a Residential Treatment Facility, I tried to find housing but, because I was young, no one was willing to give me a chance.
I was referred to Bethlehem Housing and Support Services and thankfully they accepted me. At that time I was failing school and dealing with emotional issues. I was mad at the world, depressed and hated myself. I was even considering suicide.
During my stay at Bethlehem Place I attended all the classes I could and met weekly with my counsellor and now, thanks to BP, I have begun a new life. I graduated high school with straight A’s.
In 2005, I graduated from Niagara School of Healthcare and I’m now employed as a Personal Support Worker. I have also greatly improved my relationship with my parents and friends.
I have learned to be independent and happy with myself and I am excited to see what the future has in store for me.
NOTE: The names of the individuals in this story have been changed to protect their privacy.