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We’re working with The Kettle Society to bring smartphones, monthly plans, and digital literacy training to 3 individuals in need.
This is their story.
JULY 2016 - JUNE 2017
Connect Youth focused on putting phones in the hands of Vancouver's high-risk youth and young adults. Through our specialized campaign with the help of Covenant House Vancouver, we helped some of the city’s most vulnerable and overlooked people.
I grew up in Montreal, but moved to Vancouver two years ago in search of a new outlook on life. Unfortunately, I came unprepared and was inexperienced in living on my own. I was homeless for eight months and because of the lack of shelters in this city I was often left on the streets night after night. As a young woman in a major urban city, I found it hard to gain a sense of security, especially given my precarious housing conditions.
I hitchhiked from Ontario to Vancouver about a year ago, primarily because of my home life. With the absence of a father, I never felt that my life had any guidance. I've thought a lot about what drove my decision to leave, and I think that the motivation behind it may have been the opportunity to better understand myself and what I want to do with my life.
I moved away from my home when I was 19, primarily away from both of my parents who were struggling with an alcohol disorder. I lived in Winnipeg for a few years and fell through the cracks, unable to handle the change of environment. It was difficult, my lifestyle made me reliant on alcohol and whatever money I made would go right back into the addiction. I wanted to get away from it all, so I moved once again, this time to Vancouver.
2015 - 2016
Connect Vancouver's past campaigns have involved work with The Community of Hope, a Vancouver based drop-in providing local outreach programs for the past 20 years. Our work helped connect individuals with new cell phones, and four months of free service.
I was wheelchair bound for a few years, and left without a steady income because of an injury to my back. For 3 years I lived in a back alley, rummaging for food and sometimes on the brink of death. I can tell you that most of the time I woke up thinking, “will today be my last day?”
Some very bad life decisions led me into a long-lasting battle with a serious alcohol and cigarette addiction. I've been clean for almost 16 year now, but last week I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, cancer of the tongue. I need a phone to keep me in touch with my doctors, and to connect me with my support services. I have a battle ahead of me.