Roots For Youth holding roundtable to address homelessness

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NEW GLASGOW – The Roots for Youth Society is hosting a round table discussion at the Life Centre to address youth homelessness and work towards finding solutions.

Roots For Youth is asking for support to continue offering their overnight program for youth in need. They’re holding a roundtable in March to engage the community in a conversation about solutions. SUBMITTED

On March 6 at 1 p.m., they invite the public to get engaged and talk about what needs to be accomplished.

“Together we will be able to find solutions and help our youth meet their full potential in environments that allow for their development and success,” a release from Roots for Youth said.

Roots House says that the issue of youth homelessness in the community is faceless, making it challenging to address.

“The deeper crisis of homelessness is rooted in issues of youth violence, family breakdown, abuse, mental illness and affordable housing. On top of this are all the personal issues and struggles that an individual may be experiencing along with the self-doubt and embarrassment that accompanies it.” 

Youth are at an even bigger risk at times because they have not had experiences and development to draw on due to being forced to leave a supported living environment early, Roots House says.

They share the story of Dylan, a youth who used their services recently.

“I arrived at the Roots House late in the evening two days before Christmas, without any forewarning to the staff, and I was immediately welcomed in and offered a room. I was made at home and the staff made sure I was fed and had a winter coat, niceties which go above and beyond their job description. From the first day, all the staff have gone out of their way to ensure that all the youths staying at the Roots House feel welcome.

“If not for the support this house offers, I would have been stuck outside in the middle of winter with no place to turn to, and unsure whether I had a roof over my head at night. The housing and support that the Roots House offers gave me a sense of stability and eased many of my worries about my future. They were there to help with any problem I brought before them to help me get back on my feet.” 

Without their overnight program, youth are forced even deeper into unhealthy situations, Roots House says, and they’re asking for support to maintain it.

Organizations: Roots House, Roots

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