Angela finds success in Supported Housing
A trip to the grocery store is a task many of us take for granted as part of every day living. For Angela her monthly trips to the Superstore are a testimony to a new found independence and the belief she can have control of her life. It hasn’t always been that way.
Angela spent the better part of her childhood and teen years living in foster homes. Being a “ward of the state” she was dependant on the child protection system to provide for her needs and while she has some fond memories of caring people being involved in her growing up it is the instability and the constant changes that remain her most vivid recollections. Constantly moving was a way of life that carried on into her young adult life and was what eventually led her to Triage.
As her dependency turned to drugs, Angela became involved in minor crimes to support her habit. She had many arrests but usually failed to show up for her sentencing. Finally a judge ordered her to remain at Triage until her next court date. That was almost 20 years ago.
Since then Angela has been a regular visitor to Triage. “I like the people who work there” she says. “They are like my family and help me with my medication and talk to me when I am having a hard time”. After spending time in the Princess Rooms program, Angela was offered self contained bachelor suite in our 668 Powell St. housing program. She now lives in her own suite with a support worker available during the day. She has recently enrolled in a training program designed for people with mental illness with the hopes of continuing her education. And she does her own shopping and cooking for herself.
Angela is a shining example of how people with mental illness can live full successful lives in the community with supported housing. Prior to coming to Triage Angela had been hospitalized seven times.