Rights of Passage recently hosted its June Community Dinner and it was barbeque themed. Each month ROP has a Community Dinner where youth and staff work together to prepare and then share a meal. The youth learn important life skills like food prep, cooking, cleaning, organizing and leadership skills.
The first BBQ of the season featured chicken and veggie kabobs, homemade potato salad and fruit Jell-O!
John ran away from home when he was 14. We don’t much about what his life was like at home but our staff suspect there was sexual abuse and neglect. He was home schooled and lived his life in isolation. Lacking even the most basic socialization skills, when John first came to us, he would tremble with anxiety when forced together with others in an elevator or around the dining table. John has had many hurdles to climb and his journey has been inspiring to watch unfold.
Terri arrived in Vancouver on a Greyhound bus and found her way to our Crisis Program. She was coming from Toronto where she was stuck in a cycle of poverty and homelessness which lead her to be caught up with some dangerous people in unsafe environments. Terri decided that she didn’t want anything to do with street life anymore and needed the sanctuary of a new city to do that.
Sometimes, in working with our youth, it can be a challenge to find common ground for topics that support the growth of a healthy relationship. In my time working with Julia we learned that the two of us shared an interest in cooking. Julia and I would often spend time during our daily check-in discussing recipes and dishes we both particularly enjoyed.
“I can’t sleep.”
Billy mutter as he slumped by the office door way and held his hands to his head. It was 3:00AM and all of the residents had gone to bed. It was not unusual for residents to have trouble sleeping.
“What’s going on?” Bob, one of the overnight staff asked as he invited Billy into the office for a seat.
Rights of Passage is truly a community for our young people and our youth work hard to treat each other with kindness and respect. Recently an ROP resident was celebrating a birthday and one of the other residents made them this amazing birthday cake for them!
Joe arrived from another province and he was looking for a fresh start in Vancouver. An opportunity to leave his past behind and start a new life in a new city. But there was something that Joe couldn't leave behind: a history of neglect and abuse, and mental health issues which he struggled to cope with by using drugs.
The young ladies at our Drake Street Crisis Program have been bringing Spring to our space. The girls have been working on growing flowers which will be planted into their patio flower boxes when more mature. In the mean time they are growing up on the porch outside the Development and Communications office area and bring us joy. The girls have loved learning about gardening and find it very calming and good for the soul.
David came to the Crisis Program from a different province. He faced many barriers in society and was new to Vancouver, battling addiction issues and suffered an undiagnosed developmental issue.