After living in a bad situation, I moved into a house run by LOFT’s Transitional Age Youth Program, and I’m still there today and have been for over a year.
LOFT has not only provided me a safe place to live at affordable prices, LOFT has given me a chance to look in the mirror and not only accept myself but like myself. Through the support that the program offers, I have been meeting with my worker Julia once a week, pretty much for the last year and a half. I truly believe that Julia is an angel, and without her, I wouldn’t be here and healthy today. I have never in my life felt a sense of security and trust with somebody as I do with her, and I know no matter what she wouldn’t give up on me. I am blessed to have other great women that work for LOFT impact my life as well.
Through the Transitional Age Youth program I have achieved so many things that I couldn’t even imagine being possible. I got my high school diploma, finished a program with Toronto Youth Job Corps fixing computers, and I started college so that I can give back to the community. I also got a new cat (and am able to take care of him). I have learned how to live independently without relying on anybody and I have gained many things spiritually and emotionally that I can’t put down into words; such as self worth and the ability to communicate with others appropriately. Today I also have a relationship with my mom, whereas before I wouldn’t have been able to have a healthy relationship with her otherwise.
What I am most fortunate about is that I came into LOFT without a vision into my future, and now I have aspirations and dreams. I think that sometimes we lose sight of ourselves despite our best intentions and we just need somebody to show us some love so that we can find it inside ourselves to love who we are again.