YWS 30th Anniversary Series
Over the past 30 weeks, we have embarked on a journey through the lenses of youth who have called Youth Without Shelter (YWS) home and their path to success. These powerful stories of resiliency, empowerment and achievements continue to guide us to provide support and care in working towards breaking the cycle of youth homelessness.
Young people often feel silenced by the labels, stereotypes, and assumptions made by society about homelessness and street life. Their voices can often become lost amid the statistics and stigma associated around “poverty” and “homelessness”.
Even though the series has concluded – let us not forget to listen, empower, and continue the fight to end homelessness.. one youth at a time.
Read our full series below:
Story 1 – Rayshell: The race is not for the swift but for those who endure to the end.
Story 2 – Melony: They became my best friends, helped me with anything I needed.
Story 3 – Sean: I was 16 years old, scared and full of anger. I never felt so alone.
Story 4 – Dammy: It is not easy to be on your own, not easy to be a man.
Story 5 – Art: I knew my father was a troubled man. He would beat me up for silly reasons.
Story 6 – Stephanie: I am more determined to reach my goals and also more confident in myself that I will get to brighter days.
Story 7 – Siobhan: Life is like a coin, you can spend it however you want but you can only spend it once.
Story 8 – John: My mission is to help others create an impact and leave a legacy that inspires generations to come.
Story 9 – Georgiette: Loneliness encouraged me to build confidence, being neglected showed me how to love.
Story 10 – He “You helped me when I needed help and became my family when I had no family.”
Story 11 – Jay: “For the first time his feelings were being respected.”
Story 12 – Mike “You’ve given me hope.”
Story 13 – Tom*: Wanting a place to call his own, he camped out in parks.
Story 14 – Winona: No one had any idea where I worked that I was homeless.
Story 15 – Matt: Struggling with drug and alcohol problems and dealing with the recent loss of my mother. I was on a path of self-destruction.
Story 16 – Angelina: We can change and fix ourselves.
Story 17 – Misery: I just want to be the one that’s chosen.
Story 18 – Derek: If you believe you can do something, you can!
Story 19 – Tracey & Nichole: I was able to accomplish more than what I believed I could.
Story 20 – Thank you
Story 21 – Marianne: You never judged me.
Story 22 – George: I’ve found the resources I need to be able to focus on finishing school.
Story 23 – Nancy: Many small donations can make a difference.
Story 24 – Liceie: Giving back
Story 25 – Anonymous
Story 26 – “Listen”
Story 27 – Robert
Story 28 – John R: We must believe in our youth
Story 29 – R: I was scared and did not know anyone to help me feel better