- Help homeless youth obtain self-sufficiency
- Ensure stability in our youth’s lives
- Provide non-judgmental guidance
- Help youth experience a sense of family
- Provide the necessary skills and resources to succeed
- Instill a feeling of belonging through a faith-based approach
We see potential in our youth they don’t yet see in themselves, and we strongly believe success is achieved through building relationships of trust. As caring mentors, we facilitate a hand up, not a hand out.
Ann (age 17) has been on and off, mostly on, the streets as long as she can remember. Her mother, who’s fighting a losing battle with heroin, can’t take care of herself let alone provide the direction and support Ann needs. We recently found her crunched in a fetal position, sobbing uncontrollably in the far corner of our clothing room. She was coming down from a week-long drug binge. ‘They were giving it to me for free,’ she said. ‘I haven’t eaten for a week.’ With some compassion and listening we then offered food and clean clothes provided through Transitional Youth. After further words of hope and encouragement, Ann gradually began to wipe away her tears. Currently we still see Ann through ongoing contact but it’s not the same sobbing girl in the corner; now we see a young woman of resolve, moving forward to build a better life.