Knowing there are people out there that care helps out a lot. You guys do so many amazing things for a lot of youth and it’s a wonderful thing. It makes me still have faith in humanity really. One act of kindness can go a long way. I wasn’t here for long, but Shaw House is my home and always will be.
It was August 25th, 2008. The guy at the Department of Corrections called the Shaw House and I spoke with a woman called Judy. She told me to come right over and sign in. I haven’t been on the streets since.
Austin was 18 when he came to the Shaw House for the first time in 2013. He started staying in the shelter and working with case management in the basic center to establish goals and identify needed services. As Austin began to receive support and services, he started to feel better about himself and soon started to take an interest in improving his life.
Despite having little if any family support, Alyx stayed on track and utilized staff and resources of Shaw House to keep moving forward with her goals. She displayed many qualities and strengths in overcoming the adversities she faced, and was resilient and did not give up when times were tough.
My name is Tyler. People always ask me, ‘Why do you live there’. The reason is simple. I tell them ‘I live here today because I know I will be loved here tomorrow.’ Sad to say but the best thing that has happened to me is becoming homeless, and that’s the truth.
My name is Brooke. As you can see amongst my mess I’m very scattered minded. I like a variety of different things. Jordan’s is my thing. Simple is what suits me most.