Our new vision is one that we believe focuses on one of the root causes of homelessness, addiction, abuse, and mental illness in our society: untreated trauma.
Trauma can be defined as any form of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or violent experience that has a negative impact on the physical, emotional, and developmental well-being of an individual. Trauma affects the connections and healthy functioning of the brain and can also have a lasting impact on the ability to develop relationships. The youth we see are dealing with varying degrees of trauma and if this is not treated, the cycles of abuse, neglect, etc. continue and the likelihood to form healthy, trusting relationships is severely lowered.
Our vision also looks to extend the concept of “support” all the way to ensure our youth feel safely part of and valued within community.
With this new vision we have already begun to re-organize and adjust how we do things at YESS. You will see our new focus and how we fit into the national effort to end homelessness on page 4. We are very proud to share that we have created an internal youth trauma team to provide counselling, programming, and family support for our youth. The trauma team and trauma program will be one of the cornerstones of our efforts, in addition to more prevention and family connection work and community integration programs.
As we enter our 2018/2019 year we will keep our sights on the same things: financial sustainability, collaboration with our partners, and the realization of a better support system for youth experiencing inappropriate care and housing.
2017/2018 Outcomes & Results
Some of the success stories
YESS was my supportYESS helped me with every single thing. They were my support. They gave me the energy and the courage to make better choices. They encouraged me. At the time I thought all the little things they wanted me to do were so small, but all those little choices were so good for me.YESS Youth
I became a different personWhen I became sober, I felt like I became a completely different person. I was positive about life, talkative, met good friends, and felt like I was able to succeed and move on from pretty traumatic events in my past.YESS Youth