YWS 30th anniversary series: Stephanie
It was about two weeks after my twenty-fourth birthday that I came to Youth Without Shelter. I have never heard of the shelter from anyone. It was all done by calling the central intake number. I was scared and I felt alone. I was also very unsure of what the shelter could do for me. I was in a dark place, consumed with fear of the unknown. I was also suffering in silence with my mental health and doing nothing to help myself. I had very low self-esteem and absolutely no confidence or direction.
I have now been residing at Youth Without Shelter for approximately three months. It has been a prodigious experience for me. I am astonished by the amount of support I have received in just one place. I struggle with several mental health issues, and I have been to many different places. But, I have never been to one place that was so heart-warming and open to be patient with me in trying to find myself and create a brighter future. The support I have received here has helped me realize many different things that I was not fully aware of before I came in. From my experience in being here, I believe that no matter what I am going through, the staff are forthcoming in helping me find the suitable services I need to deal with my current issues. I have received help in areas dealing with mental illness, substance abuse, and housing. In addition to all of the help I have received, the most helpful and inspirational part of it all is the interaction with the staff. I love when I get to meet people who are so devoted to their jobs. It inspires me to achieve my goal of one day being able to help people that will sadly be in my position in the future. It’s also comforting to be in a place where people understand that I will not be at my best all the time. Every day I am here I learn more and more. I also become more and more inspired by not only the staff, but the residents. People are very intriguing to me. Everyone has different stories here, yet somehow we are connected.
I am now on the road to recovery. I have several bumps in the road to get where I am today. And I am the type of person that keeps going and trying when I know people care about me. That’s what I have gotten out of being here at Youth Without Shelter. I am more determined to reach my goals and also more confident in myself that I will get to brighter days. Thank you Youth Without Shelter.