Being in your own home makes a difference

This week I’d like to tell you about, Alex, another Shelter Nova Scotia client. Like Kate, his name has been changed to respect his privacy. Alex has been a participant in our Supportive Housing Program since March 2011.

Prior to this, he was cycling through the shelter system for many years. Alex was diagnosed with Schizophrenia, had little support and was struggling with addiction issues. Shortly before joining the program, staff was beginning to see significant changes in Alex. He started taking medication to address his illness, and was making positive behavior changes. Once he moved into his home, he expressed his intent to upgrade his education.

Since that time, Alex has successfully completed the first three levels of his GED and is registered to complete the fourth level at Nova Scotia Community College.

Alex plans to work in the gas technician trade. Since living on his own and maintaining his housing, he has learned to take better care of himself. He has reached a healthy weight, reconnected with his family and developed new community supports. Alex made the decision to change his life, and in doing so, inspired the staff, who feel incredibly privileged to work with him.

Congratulations to Alex for persevering and to the staff at Shelter Nova Scotia who work hard every day to make a difference in people’s lives and help them transition from crisis, back to community.

Find out how you can make a difference by clicking here.

-Don

 

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