Samantha shows us her resilience

I did Samantha’s first, second and third intake. She came to us from a First Nations reserve in another province. Samantha is a kind, caring person. She struggles with alcohol addiction and came to that realization through her relationship with Covenant House Vancouver.

Over the last year she has had ups and downs with her addiction and a diagnosis of a mental health issue. Tonight though, I welcomed her back to the shelter after her shift at work. She is working full time and is doing very, very well. She enjoys her job and beams with pride when I ask how her day was. She has applied for our Rights of Passage program as part of her journey to move to independence.

We know she’ll always struggle with alcohol and mental health but I am inspired by how amazing she is doing and how resilient she is after the year she has had. It is amazing the difference a year can make. She has an attachment to the staff here in the shelter and will one day be able to go out into the world with less support from us but with that attachment and unconditional love still firmly in place. 

youth on couch