Feelings of joy and sadness as a young man moves towards independence

I’ve been one of “Ed’s” primary contacts for several months now.  For the most part we have worked well together, however there have been times when Ed was so challenging that I would be utterly drained by our interactions.  I’m happy to be able to say that as bad as these periods could be, we were still able to work effectively together, seeing through the difficulties.  During the time that I have been working with Ed, it has been exciting to see all of the growth that he has displayed.  Quite a number of people have commented that Ed is a changed young man, as of late.

As it stands right now, Ed is working full-time in steady employment and is preparing to exit our Crisis Shelter program, as he has been accepted into an independent accommodation. 

The last few weeks with Ed have been particularly pleasant; the difficult tasks have all been completed and we have been able to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.  I find myself thinking of Ed’s upcoming move, realizing that I am really going to miss our daily interactions.  I wonder sometimes if the youth we serve know how genuinely sad it can be to see them go, even though we are so proud of what they have achieved.

Young male in Drop-In