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Mary, thanks so much for letting me stay overnight. I have decided to live at home with my family. Thanks so much
Choices helped me get my life back on track. The staff helped me set goals and assisted me in what I needed to do to accomplish them. If I needed information or resources, it was provided. I also received lots of encouragement.
I just want to say thanks for everything you guys do for us! I don\'t know where I would be without you guys! I\'m really sorry about what happened and I\'m trying my hardest to get back on the right track it\'s just really hard! I really like it how I can talk to you guys! I\'m not 100% positive what I would do without you guys, you guys are the only people that have ever cared for me so you guys mean alot to me, I know, may not show it all time but truly I really do love you guys!
I remember way back when I first came 2 CHOICES Youth Shelter. Fresh out of Jail and on 2 different bail conditions. boy was I a trouble maker But nothing changed I ended up getting some more charges getting more bail and back 2 Jail. the whole time I was staying at the shelter I was drinking and doing drugs. Then I met my future case manager I stayed up all night talking to her and the next day she became my case manager. She really helped me alot like picking me up at the police station (4 Questioning) We ended up talking about my drug use and rehab came into the conversation. A few months later I was on my way to the capitol city (Ottawa) for a 6 week rehab program. I passed with flying colours. I then came back 2 Orangeville for 2 weeks. My case manager and I talked about me going back 2 the rehab to live there for 6 months in second stage. so all in all I would like to say thanks to CHOICES and all the staff there. I would to make a big thanks to my case manager because if it were not 4 her I would be dead. so thanks CHOICES and CHOICES staff and my case manager I owe you my life.
As a person living in a shelter I found that there are all kinds of difficulties in finding affordable housing. I assumed that subsidized housing was for people that needed a place to stay for emergency situations. But it turns out that there is a wait for approximately 3 years. Now what is a person supposed to do in the mean time. Live in a shelter. I went to a couple of youth coordinators. One of the suggestionis that I got was a loan from the bank. They really didn\'t listen to what I had to say. They just recomended people that I should go to but they really covered the problem but they didn\'t solve anything.
I want to thank all the staff for all the help and putting me in the right path to get my room and for the basics in life alone. It was great to know you all I\'ll come by all the time for sure or when I get a chance. Again I wanna thank you so much for everything.
Dear Mary, My experiences at Choices Youth Shelter were nothing but positive. The staff were very helpful and accomadating. I was able to get myself up on my own feet again. I now hold a steady job and have my own place, I have cleaned up my life and can now move forward without looking back. My sincere advice to youth whom have found themselves with nowhere to turn or nowhere to go, should give Choices Youth Shelter a call. It\'s a home when you don\'t have one. Thank you Mary for all our help and support through troubled times. - a past resident
hello over there in canada, lol. i don\'t think you got my last e-mail back in march or april, but, just incase you didn\'t, i just wanted to say thank you for all your help, through my rough times, but i have also had the best times while residing at your shelter... I have had some life changing experiences, now i\'m going great, i now am working on getting my own apartment with a girl i met, and hopefully starting a family... I work at an indoor amusement park, and i\'m almost at supervisor position, and it\'s only been a month. when i got here, i almost died, well technically i did cause i apparently stopped breathing for 10 minutes, all because my insulin died on the plane, and i didn\'t know, but now, everything is great, i have a job, i have a great lady by my side, and i\'m finally happy... if you remember correctly, when i was there, i was almost all the time depressed, not any more, because if i do get that way, i think back, and ask myself, what would the shelter say? then i remember what you guys always said to me, keep you head up, and don\'t hit anybody. lol, i\'m living my life the way i would always imagine it, and it\'s all thanks to you guys. I have also been clean off drugs for 7 months, and i don\'t drink anymore, now i just gotta work on quitting smoking. lol. Just a quick message to the kids that are residing with you now, and i will only say it once in block capitols: NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN YOU LIFE, EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES, JUST KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS, IT\'S REALLY NOT HARD, LIFE IS ALWAYS GOING TO GET BETTER, IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN AND IT TOOK ME A GOOD YEAR OR TWO JUST TO GET ON TRACK, BUT I COULDN\'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUR CHOICES. you guys will always be a family to me. me and my lady are coming for a visit soon, so i hope you all are still there anyways, i\'m off to work, i will keep in touch, regards,
Dear Mary, I would like to take this time to thank-you for the help that you have given me over the few months I have resided in Choices youth shelter. When I arrived I had nothing but a small backpack full of clothes and a broken relationship on my hands. I had dropped out of school and had begun to use drugs. When you began to work along side myself, I began going back to school and I have know been clean of drugs for 3 months. When I fell and needed a helping hand all the residents and staff helped me back to my feet. The residents and staff became my family while my family and I were having difficulties. I am proud to say that I have gotten an apartment, going back to school full time and have rebuilt the bond with my family. Once again thank-you for everything you have ever done for me and if there was ever a person looking for a place to stay and rebuild themselves I would not hesitate to give them your number.
Life was looking hopeless and there was no way to go. Then some people help me make a bold decision. That bold decision was to move out and live a life of my own, where my decisions and choices are appreciated. The first place I was shifted to was \"Choices Youth Shelter\". The first day I came in, people around here were very welcoming. As time progressed, I started interacting with people and all the workers here were so friendly. They patiently listened to my story and what I went through in my life. They at all times supported my decision to move out and were with me till the end. They helped me make some bold decisions and were very protective. For all of them, my safety was their main priority and they did everything possible to make me feel at home. Now as I am leaving, I am positive that I would never forget what all the workers and my friends (residents) did for me. Thank you very much Mary and all the other staff members. You all are doing great work and may god bless you all.