“Mission Moments” are meaningful experiences in which KYC’s mission is realized. This blog includes a message shared by a former client about their previous experience with our Community Living programs. We are honored to share our clients’ experiences, grateful for the amazing work of our staff, and proud of the deep relationships formed through our commitment to building healthier communities together.
“I had never had stable housing before; really not at all since I left home at 16. I would sleep on people’s couches sometimes friends or family or someone I met. Or I would bunk at a shelter, or I would get a job and hustle to get enough money for an apartment but then get kicked out after a few months because I couldn’t pay or neighbors would call the cops too much. I heard about the Myer’s building from the housing subsidy alert and thought I would try.
When I moved in, I honestly wasn’t expecting anything different than I had before. It was hard to have hope and believe what was being explained to me about supports. I had no reason to. But it was real. You helped me move in and made sure I had clean sheets and new dishes and even got to shop some donated items to make it home. I know I was difficult and had trouble with the rules. You made sure I didn’t have to meet with the building manager by myself and convinced them to not give me violations and give me another try. It took me awhile, I tried but I know I caused you headache. But you all believed in me. And your team was around when I needed something even 3a.m. so I didn’t get high.
After a few years, I finally got my head on straight and was able to get a job and actually hold onto it. I moved out of Myer’s a couple years ago and into an apartment near my family. No way I could have done this without you and the other ladies who helped me. I am still working and pay my rent right away even if I do spend too much on cigarettes and coffee. I haven’t had to talk to any police in 3 years.
My landlord likes me and we sometimes watch basketball games together. I am not scared of getting kicked out because I can make my rent and get along with neighbors and keep my radio down. I don’t know why I couldn’t do it before, it seems stupid now. But I learned how to handle my emotions when I would get mad or frustrated and only drink sometimes with friends. Myer’s was so much help but it was time for me to go after 5 years or so. I was ready to live without the safety net and help so I don’t get kicked out. And now I am working and live in my own place near my brother and dare I say happy.
You saved me. Kenneth Young saved me. Thank you. I will make sure and let you know each year that I’m doing ok.”
Together We Thrive.
KYC is honored to partner with community members as they build strong foundations to reach their long-term goals. To learn more about our mental health and Community Living programs, check out this informational page, learn about our team, read more about the impact of our community-based programs, or contact our team at 847−524−8800.
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