Nimo was just 19 when he was kicked out of his family home as he was struggling with his family relationships.
Nimo had never had a job and was out on his own without support. He applied for so many jobs most of which he did not get a response to and when he did, he was not able to get past an interview. After a couple of weeks with us, we realized that Nimo was struggling with his mental health.
Nimo spent a lot of time in his room isolated from people around him he did this for some time before he came to me one day and said that he was depressed. It was a long road for Nimo but while at Covenant House Vancouver we got him connected to a counselor and in to see a doctor.
Getting connected to these services helped Nimo make real changes in his life. Before long he got accepted into a work program that he attended every day without fail for 6 weeks, completed a work placement, and when that was done, he got a job.
He continued to work on his mental health and made a considerable effort to get connected to people again. Nimo was also eventually able to reconnect and mend his relationship with his family.
We were so glad to be a supportive presence for Nimo when he needed it.
Shared by Cora, Youth Worker
*The story is real but the name changed for confidentiality.