How My Place transitional shelter became a lifesaver
Douglas McLean said moving from the since dismantled tent city on the courthouse lawn into the My Place shelter on Yates Street 18 months ago likely saved his life.
Poet, at a farewell barbecue for shelter residents and staff on Friday afternoon.
The transitional shelter, in the former Boys and Girls Club, will close next week and the final pandora necklace like bracelet four residents sleeping in tents in the gym will be moved to other housing.
The shelter was one of three with temporary funding from the provincial government to help transition homeless people from the tent city into more permanent housing.
The province invested more than $26 million to house homeless people and purchased four buildings the Central Care home on Johnson Street, Mount Edwards Court seniors home on Vancouver Street and the Super 8 and Tally Ho hotels on Douglas Street.
McLean, 56, has just moved into the Super 8, but said he'll miss My Place.
"It's the people here and the space. I changed a lot," he said, describing how he australian charm bracelet gained more control over his drug use. His anxiety about being robbed or intimidated waned through him being in pandora gold sale a safe place. "I've lost a lot of friends [to overdoses], but not a single person has died here."
McLean said he used a music room and then delved into painting abstract works that were recently featured in an art show. He's preparing to participate in the Moss Street Paint In this summer.
"I believe that instead of using more drugs, I painted. I had something else to do," he said. "There's a lot of good memories here and I'm grateful for what was done for me."
Grant McKenzie, from Our Place Society, said 90 people have come through My Place since it opened and all now have housing. The organization also operates the transitional shelter Choices in View Royal, which is set to close at the end of the year, and the mat program at First Metropolitan Church on Quadra Street, as well as its own housing.
"A lot of the success we've had has to do with the outreach workers who are really focused on meeting people where they are at," McKenzie genuine pandora necklace said.
Michael Marchand, 30, said it was an outreach worker at My Place who helped him get a doctor's appointment and put on a methadone program.
"I'm feeling great and moving forward," said Marchand, who has been at the shelter for a few months.
He has been homeless for more than a year and also stayed at the tent city for a short period. He said since methadone helped him stop using drugs, he has been able to get a casual labour job and work on what he wants to do in the future.
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