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.
Rights of Passage is truly a community for our young people and our youth work hard to treat each other with kindness and respect. Recently an ROP resident was celebrating a birthday and one of the other residents made them this amazing birthday cake for them!
Joe arrived from another province and he was looking for a fresh start in Vancouver. An opportunity to leave his past behind and start a new life in a new city. But there was something that Joe couldn't leave behind: a history of neglect and abuse, and mental health issues which he struggled to cope with by using drugs.
The young ladies at our Drake Street Crisis Program have been bringing Spring to our space. The girls have been working on growing flowers which will be planted into their patio flower boxes when more mature. In the mean time they are growing up on the porch outside the Development and Communications office area and bring us joy. The girls have loved learning about gardening and find it very calming and good for the soul.
David came to the Crisis Program from a different province. He faced many barriers in society and was new to Vancouver, battling addiction issues and suffered an undiagnosed developmental issue.
Our ROP youth were busy recently creating an incredible brunch spread. Our youth made lots of delicious food for brunch including waffles, french toast, and even homemade sauces!
It was a fun morning and everyone enjoyed the yummy brunch!
Recently our Outreach & Drop-In Centre collaborated with Homeless Count Vancouver to provide our young people with a day of fun and a respite from street life. There was pizza and prizes, crafts and drumming and even a manicures station!
Big thanks to the following for making this fun day possible for our young people:
Oliver originally came to Vancouver from a small town in Northern BC. When he first came to our Crisis Program, he was very guarded and challenged many of the structural expectations of our program, especially around our 80/20 savings policy. Under this policy, residents are asked to save 80% of any income they make so they will have money on them when they leave that could be potentially used on rent, for example.
Libby is preparing for her move to Rights of Passage after a 4-month long stay in our Crisis Program. When youth leave the Crisis Program for ROP, it is always something to celebrate. Libby’s move, however, feels particularly momentous. At the beginning of her stay, Libby struggled with most of the daily expectations of our program.