I was in a meeting this morning with some other service providers and we began speaking about success.

Success is defined as:  (taken from Google)

  • The accomplishment of an aim or purpose
  • The attainment of popularity or profit
  • A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.

We know how hard it is to acquire housing that we like and can appreciate, but when you have someone who makes $537 a month, how is that possible? The “system” in our province and country seems to keep people well below the poverty line, and because of this drastically minimizes the chances of living in a healthy environment.

We all have bad days, and for some of us maybe we can get ourselves out of the “slump” we find ourselves in. There is a very large amount of our population that once they give into the depressive thoughts their mental/physical wellbeing goes down. I become very protective of people who live on the streets, couch surf and stay in our shelter. When someone just brings up generic stereotypes insults these people I become very angry and speak up for those who have no voice. We need more people in our society that will speak up for the ones who do not have the strength, or know what to say, or the ones struggling with illnesses that they are embarrassed to mention.

Success is a process! In the last entry I spoke of a women who has been homeless for many years and has just stepped back into our shelter, she has since stopped coming, but the fact that she stayed those two or three days is a success. For someone to step out of what they feel comfortable, or are use to is a huge step in the right direction.

In our shelter, step-up housing and recovery program we see people come and go. We have people tell us that they will stop using drugs, and go to detox or a recovery program. We see people leave our shelter and enter our recovery program, but sometimes people will “use” their substance of choice and leave our programs. We may never see these people again, but 9 times out of 10 we will, maybe it will take a few days, weeks, months or years, but most people often come back. Why? Because they know they are loved and accepted and that there are some amazing staff hoping they will step back through our doors and ask for help.


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