Youth

I was 16 years old when I first felt the cool midnight breeze blow across my skin as I gazed up at the stars hoping they could answer all of my questions, most importantly the question of how I got...
Brandon Stokes has a disarming smile. He asks thoughtful questions and leans in to hear the answers. The conversation is easy, but don’t mistake Brandon for easygoing. Brandon’s got grit—which may be...
A 26 year old man is homeless since leaving his parent's house as a teenager. My troubles in life started out in the usual, "I hate everyone and I know what I'm doing" kind of way. Just to let you...
"My father physically abused me so I left and went to go live with my friend's family." It all started when I was living with my father in Tillsonburg. Tillsonburg was where I lived my whole life. My...
Katie’s childhood brings back distressing memories of a mother-daughter relationship that slide steadily into a sad, destructive cycle of anger, frustration and blaming. At just 12 years of age,...
A young man makes his way across Canada by hitchhiking and hopping trains … If I was to speak of homelessness, I suppose I would have to tell a bit of my history so here I go. I was thrown out of the...
Emily was 17 when she and her younger sister were banished from their family home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  “That first night was so cold. I still remember the bitter chill,” she says. With...
It’s hard to imagine how anyone could cope with the challenges that David has faced in his short life.  Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, he was just ten years old when his mother died. His father, an...
He still remembers the loud, frightening fights between his mom and dad.  When his dad left for good, his mom tried to raise Craig on her own, but her alcohol dependency worsened and she couldn’t...
A young girl's triumph over a painful childhood… Katie's childhood brings back distressing memories of difficult times; a home environment that was strained and stressful. Her relationship with her...