New home means stability to Shelby
February 14th, 2013
Before moving into Alouette Heights in July 2012, Shelby didn’t have a permanent address. She was one of Maple Ridge’s hidden homeless: a person who didn’t use area shelters or live outdoors because she was always able to stay with friends.
“I have a lot of emotional issues that make it difficult for me to understand things others take for granted,” said Shelby, who found out about Alouette Heights through an income assistance officer. “I grew up in foster care and had a hard time learning in school.”
For now, Shelby is grateful to have a roof over her head. Alouette Heights, which is managed by Alouette Home Start Society, means stability. “Everything I own is in one place,” she said happily.
Shelby is beginning to put her life back together, thanks in part to the supportive housing staff who work with her on goal setting. When she isn’t sure of the proper steps to go through to complete applications, for instance, they are able to explain what is required.
One of Shelby’s priorities is to complete her high school diploma and she is taking courses part-time towards that goal.
“I’d like to go to college and eventually work with children or youth,” she said.