It was wonderful to witness the hope and optimism radiating from Anne

The first time I met Anne she wouldn’t or couldn’t even make eye contact with me. I was doing her intake and she had just arrived in BC from Alberta with her boyfriend. During the intake we ask questions to help us learn about the youth and how we can help them. Anne would just give one word answers and would talk very softly. Anne did not end up completing the intake or staying in the Crisis Shelter that night, she chose to leave. Often the decision to come to stay in our Shelter is an emotional one and sometimes the young person is not ready to take that step.

I am happy to say Anne returned a day later and was welcomed by another youth worker. About a month into her stay at the Shelter, I approached Anne at the kitchen table and asked her how she was doing. Anne looked up at me, making eye contact, and gave me a big smile and started to converse with me about her day. It is hard to believe that she was the same shy girl I had met a month ago. It was wonderful to witness the hope and optimism radiating from her and I look forward to seeing her grow even further.

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