Jill had a very difficult and complicated childhood, which ended up with her struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When you live your life having experienced trauma, sometimes the little hills can seem like mountains. Jill feared being in public spaces, and the unknown.
This past weekend was quite a busy one. At one point, we had up to twenty young women here at the Crisis Program; so we made sure to run some fun activities to keep the youth active. On Saturday, we took some youth to the swimming pool in Kits—everyone loved it!
The young ladies in our Crisis Program have been working on a garden project since early spring. The project has grown even larger than expected and the girls have loved working on their garden and learning about planting and caring for it. You can learn more about it here.
Here are some photos of the garden which is doing so well. The girls have been busy caring for all their plants, veggies and flowers!
Recently 5 youth and Youth Worker Darren went kayaking and camping around Harrison Lake with the support of Power To Be!
On a Friday morning, our group kayaked across Harrison Lake to the Bear Creek Campground. Once there, our youth learned how to set up tents, and got to cooking some much needed dinner. On the Saturday, we kayaked up the lake to another remote campsite next to a beautiful waterfall. The youth loved camping out and roasting marshmallows on the fire.
Rights of Passage recently hosted its June Community Dinner and it was barbeque themed. Each month ROP has a Community Dinner where youth and staff work together to prepare and then share a meal. The youth learn important life skills like food prep, cooking, cleaning, organizing and leadership skills.
The first BBQ of the season featured chicken and veggie kabobs, homemade potato salad and fruit Jell-O!
John ran away from home when he was 14. We don’t much about what his life was like at home but our staff suspect there was sexual abuse and neglect. He was home schooled and lived his life in isolation. Lacking even the most basic socialization skills, when John first came to us, he would tremble with anxiety when forced together with others in an elevator or around the dining table. John has had many hurdles to climb and his journey has been inspiring to watch unfold.
Terri arrived in Vancouver on a Greyhound bus and found her way to our Crisis Program. She was coming from Toronto where she was stuck in a cycle of poverty and homelessness which lead her to be caught up with some dangerous people in unsafe environments. Terri decided that she didn’t want anything to do with street life anymore and needed the sanctuary of a new city to do that.
Sometimes, in working with our youth, it can be a challenge to find common ground for topics that support the growth of a healthy relationship. In my time working with Julia we learned that the two of us shared an interest in cooking. Julia and I would often spend time during our daily check-in discussing recipes and dishes we both particularly enjoyed.
“I can’t sleep.”
Billy mutter as he slumped by the office door way and held his hands to his head. It was 3:00AM and all of the residents had gone to bed. It was not unusual for residents to have trouble sleeping.
“What’s going on?” Bob, one of the overnight staff asked as he invited Billy into the office for a seat.