Below is the story and progress made by A.J. It is told from the point of view of the Transitional Age Youth Coordinator, her Community Support Worker and by A.J. herself.
Julia, Transitional Age Youth Coordinator
A.J. came to us opiate dependent, homeless and with trauma history. She is now employing harm reduction strategies and is currently living at a LOFT house and working full-time.
Brittany, Community Support Worker
When I first met A.J. she cancelled about every meeting we had. She had so many distractions in life that she often forgot we were scheduled to meet.
When she was able to make our appointments she was so insightful and knew exactly what she wanted but she didn’t quite know how to get there. She knew she wanted to live sober and she knew she wanted to be independent.
A few months after A.J. and I started working together A.J. became housed with LOFT. It was at that time when A.J. really started to take her recovery to a whole new level. She enrolled in classes, started training as a boxer, completed a pre-EMS course and started working at a restaurant.
Her story of recovery is remarkable but completely possible for all youth. Given the right support and encouragement we will no doubt witness more stories like A.J.’s.
LOFT has helped me become a more stable person. I have a security blanket of workers who are always there to support me. LOFT has helped me become a stronger more independent woman by teaching me life skills and helping me understand my illness.
Since moving into LOFT I have become happier after I’ve gained more confidence. Having a stable place to come home to has helped me reach my goals of obtaining meaningful employment and maintaining my sobriety. I am excited about my new confidence, my health and my future. Because of LOFT I am planning to go to school while working and becoming an EMS worker. It feels great.