600 people. That’s how many people we have served through our daytime drop-in program in the past year – double the number of people from the previous year.
It is an eye-popping number.
In April, we were able to expand this vital program from 2 to 5 days a week. Finally, people living on the streets were once again able to access services like basic medical care, showers, laundry, and case management on a daily basis.
We went from seeing approximately 50 participants a week to nearly 50 a day. This expansion has been transformational and made possible only because of your generous support!
My mom told me I had to leave. Her boyfriend and I were fighting all the time and one of us had to go, so it was me. When I came to Connections’ Drop In, I was nervous and didn’t know what help I wanted or could get. I lined up outside the door with a bunch of other people and was the youngest person there by at least 20 years. I almost left, but I didn’t have anywhere else to go.
I came in, was given a lunch, took a shower, and waited to see a case manager. She told me about their program for guys 18-24 (Our House). It was full, but she said I could stay at the shelter while I waited for a spot to open up. I decided to take it.
Over the past six months, I’ve been staying at Hilda’s Place and able to keep a stable job. I was also introduced to the guys living at Our House. It’s been nice to be able to talk with other guys my age dealing with the same issues I am. On October 1, a room opened up at Our House and I was able to move in.
Connections and Our House will continue to help me build myself as a man. I am proud to be a part of this program.