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“Choices youth shelter had a positive effect on my life in different ways. One way was the fact that no matter how bad things got or certain things I did, they were always willing to work with me and give me a chance to redeem myself. They also taught my lessons that I’d needed in life like anger management, and other stress relieving activities. Lastly the most positive effect they had was showing me that someone actually cared. That someone was willing to help me and show me the way to happiness JS-Past resident currently living in own apartment ”
“The youth had affected my life positively because of seeing some of the progress they had on moving forward. Even seeing what they had to deal with on a day to day basis. Camping outside while it’s raining or there is a snowstorm. It made me sad, but also motivated me to help youth who were homeless and do as much as I could to help them in progressing into a more steady and healthy life Rachel Peters-Past Student/Staff ”
“Choices isn’t just a Shelter to me. It isn’t just a place to crash. Choices have saved many people including myself from being on the streets. The staff that works at choices do everything they can to help us meet our goals every day. I consider everyone here family...whenever I need someone to talk to I go to staff. They genuinely want to help you and keep you safe and positive. I don’t know where I’d be today if it weren’t for Jessyca, Nevada and April. They have saved me in so many ways! Thank you to such an amazing place AW-Current Resident ”
"I haven't been at choices long enough to know how it really is. But I've been coming for dinner and groups for a little bit over a year. But every time I do come to the shelter, I always feel comfortable. It is always a nice place. I have a few friends that are here as well so it makes it a lot better. I know if I have any better. I know if I have any problems, I could always go to any of the staff and they are always willing to help me through whatever it is that I am going through, or that I need. Choices is like a family to me and I wouldn't trade it for the world. ~ AB-Current Resident"
"Choices Youth shelter is where it all started for me. I started at Choices Youth Shelter as a placement student. My main goal was to build positive relationships/rapports with the residents as well as the staff there. Before I knew it I fell in love with social work. There is no greater joy nor greater reward than making a fundamental difference in another persons life. I was honoured to be asked to become a staff member of Choices Youth Shelter during my time as a student there. I was able to build a lot of positive relationships with my team and the residents there. Each one of the Youth amazed me in their own way each shift I worked (safe to say there was never a dull moment.) Choices Youth Shelter provided me with a lot of knowledge and understanding of homelessness, Youth homelessness, mental health, addictions, and so much more. I learned so much from the staff there and even more from the Youth. Leaving Choices Youth Shelter was so hard for me... it wasn’t just a job to me but a passion. I think and wonder about the Youth frequently as they have impacted my life greatly. “Social work is the art of listening and the science of hope.” Thank you to all that I have met through Choices Youth Shelter for the amazing experience, the laughter, the tears, the knowledge, and for showing me one of my callings. Miss each one of you! Many Thanks," ~ Karina Farrell-Past Student/Staff