YWS 30th anniversary series: Melony

Melony was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She lived with her Mom, brothers and Step-Dad. As a youth she was persecuted for her sexuality, she had a girlfriend. Melony tried to run away but when she did the police located her, and raped her. She made the decision for her own safety to leave Trinidad and Tobago.

Melony arrived in Canada to live with her Aunt, who she really did not know. Her living situation quickly turned difficult as her Mom had shared with her Aunt that back home a girlfriend had been part of her life. The Aunt who had a daughter of her own seemed to feel that Melony would influence her daughter. Living together became intolerable.

Melony found her way to Youth Without Shelter(YWS). “They became my best friends, helped me with anything I needed.” “If you want to be independent YWS helps you be independent. No one does it for you. They will guide you, but you must do the work to be independent.”

Melony has now transitioned to her own place and received training in the administrative field. She is writing a book about her life experiences which she hopes will support others with their life journeys. You can hear Melony share her own story in the video on the YWS home page.

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