“Kurt” came to the Crisis Program due to some family issues. He had moved around with his family quite a bit living in two other countries before coming to Canada in his High School years. He had already settled into the Crisis Program for a couple of months when I started working with him. His English was a little broken but very understandable. Kurt was a little quirky, very intelligent and had a big smile. He was quite young and his father felt he needed to move out and make it in the world by himself. Kurt had no real life skills to make it on his own and starting by camping in the back garden of the family home. His situation seemed quite harsh. I remember looking at this boy and how vulnerable he was and comparing how different he was to a lot of street smart youth I work with.
He also developed diabetes, so on top of learning how to cope being fully independent, all of a sudden he had to learn how to manage that disease. It was a challenge for him to look after himself and his health and he often felt unwell and needed medical support. We learned he had a passion to cook and he found jobs quite easily as a cook. He had shown staff pictures in his phone of all the different meals he could make, literally hundreds of photos. It was something that he enjoyed both as a job and hobby in his spare time. He identified it as something he really liked to do.
Our Rights of Passage program appeared to be a good fit for him. It did not take long before he got accepted into the program and he also got accepted into a cook training program. ROP was a perfect fit for Kurt as he needed a supportive and nurturing environment to learn and grown. Kurt needed support around maintaining a job, learning life skills like budgeting and self-care around his health. His time in the Crisis Program taught him some of those skills but it was great to see him in a program that would continue to develop them.
I see him in the building quite regularly. He is doing well in life and his training program and always has a big smile. Keep up the great work Kurt!
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