Building strong relationships helped David stay on track

I had the opportunity to work with David for over a year in our Crisis Program before he was accepted in to our Rights of Passage Program (ROP). During his time in our Crisis Program he grew so much as an individual. He exited his previous street-involved lifestyle, enrolled in school, completed a job training program, took care of his health issues, started visiting his family again, and gained full time employment. Despite his many successes he still faced many struggles and contemplated returning to his old lifestyle, but was always willing to engage in a conversation with staff to talk it through. He built a strong relationship with our youth workers, and was known to motivate other youth to go to the gym or joke around.

Crisis Program staff and David were both excited to see him move to ROP where he would have affordable housing and support while transitioning to independent living. It was clear that the relationships and trust that he had built with staff in the Crisis Program was a strong motivator in choosing ROP. The relationship that he built with Crisis Program staff remains although he has been in ROP for many months.

Whenever he runs into Crisis Program staff in our building, he always asks staff how they are or what is new in their life. For myself, as someone who has known David for over two years, I am proud of his accomplishments that he has achieved while accessing services at Covenant House Vancouver.

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