A 56-year old college grad
LP is a 56-year old college graduate, and a 5 year BC resident. At the age of the 13 he began his battle with crack cocaine which he overcame at age 30. In 1992 his ability to maintain gainful employment was severely affected after suffering a stroke; he experienced physical deficits and chronic pain requiring a cane. Finding shelter in boxes, under bridges, and shelters for 13 years CDS has assisted LP in securing a home and a mailing address in the Greater Trail area. To LP an address means he can now receive mail, income assistance, receive an ID and get a library card. In his free time he provides counselling to youth at risk and enjoys small maintenance, renovation and construction jobs when able.
A mother of three
43-year old mother of three, CG is a permanent resident of Trail. After an injury at work she lost her home of 7 years as she awaited income assistance. She met her basic needs by receiving food from the local food bank and staying with friends and family. Unstable housing made her feel shameful and embarrassed. After being placed in a home by CDS she feels secure, safe and confident again. She now enjoys volunteering as a job coach and working in the Trail Treasures thrift store. She acknowledges that we are all “one stress from the street” and that people who work at “CDS help save lives. They give us back our identity”.
A former nurse
KP a 57-year old woman was a health care provider in the Greater Trail area prior to sustaining a brain injury from a motor vehicle incident. The changing housing market coupled with her disability resulted in unsecure and unsafe shared housing. CDS was able to work with KP to find her independent safe housing within her community. Today she volunteers at CDS coaching challenged youth and hopes to re-enter the work force in some capacity. She states “I have my life back! I feel like a responsible member of society”. To her CDS in an invaluable resource, she believes that it is the relationships CDS makes with tenants which create opportunities for people like her to access housing.
A Trail resident, born and raised
Lifelong resident of Trail, son of Cominco worker, DB has struggled with a number of mental health challenges including post traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. He was in and out of jail until the age of 24. Self described entrepreneur DB found himself homeless in the spring of 2011. He describes sleeping outside as frightening; you are exposed to animals, people and never have a consistent place to sleep. Receiving emergency housing in May of 2012 he recognizes that not all homes are safe. Being exposed to drugs and physical abuse, he was re-housed to a safer environment where his is now able to “working on myself”. CDS Getting to Home has provided DB with safety, community and supports.
A mother of two
43-year old mother of two has finally received safe housing with the support of CDS. She describes her house as her “home,” her “sanctuary.” Housing has affected her confidence and she reports seeing a difference in the way she is treated in her community. This has not always been the case as she faced homelessness from January 2010 to July of the same year. She remembers doing whatever it took to stay warm; sleeping in doorways, behind bridges and seeking male companionship. Inconsistent and unsafe housing has intensified her struggle with addiction and has led to new chronic health challenges. Now that she has her own place “nobody comes in unless I want” and there are “no drugs”. In the future SK hopes to work with others in a therapeutic environment.
A father of two
JB a 24-year old father of two reports his kids like his new place. With the help of CDS he has been able to find safe affordable housing after couch surfing for the previous 4 months. Housing has given him the opportunity to get clean and find employment in the near future. JB’s future is looking brighter as he no longer feels dependent on others and is setting goals to actively participate as father and Trail resident.