Gavin’s story: Be gone, summer slide!
At Milltown Elementary School, students can enrol in a special camp at the school over the summer that focuses on helping them maintain literacy and numeracy over the two-month break. Gavin wasn’t able to attend the camp to help combat “summer slide” – regressing on academics during the summer break.
Adrienne’s story: ‘No one is hungry or sad’
Staff at Bee Me Kidz started noticing that extra snacks were being picked up at their Saturday program for families and from their childcare program too. Instead of confronting the children about it, the teachers began putting extra snacks in the kids’ bags and the kitchen staff would add extra servings to take-home meals and family snack bags.
Martin’s story: Hiding his anxiety
From all outward appearances, you’d never know that Martin was struggling. Well-spoken and clean cut, he showed up at Outflow on the recommendation of a friend.
Cynthia’s story: Rides that change lives
Without the services of Charlotte Dial A Ride, Cynthia would have lost her vision. Confronted with the vision loss, she needed a way to get to an eye specialist in Saint John for treatments.
Andrew’s story: Struggling no more
At the young age of 17, Andrew was already out on his own – living in an apartment, attending high school and holding down a job. With a busy life and a huge course load at school, he began to struggle. He worried about his sliding marks – he had a dream to go on to post-secondary education and held the job to save up for it.
Beth’s story: from darkness to light
As a nurse working in a hospital, it was second nature for Beth to help others. Then, one day, Beth realized she was the one that needed help. Realizing that her drinking had become a serious problem, she walked through the doors of the Sophia Recovery Centre to meet with a peer counsellor.
Aiden’s story: From chaos to confidence
Aiden was only 15 years old when his life descended into chaos. With a parent caught in the spiral of addiction, they lost their home. With nowhere to live, Aiden drifted and missed a lot of school. Through the Saint John Teen Resource Centre, he got involved in UYES! The Urban Youth Employment/Education Service helped him stabilize his life, coordinating with the school to help him catch up on his studies and create a schedule that made returning to the classroom a realistic goal.
211: ‘The front door to help’
It is sometimes referred to as “the front door to help.” Free and confidential, 211 is an information and referral service that quickly connects people to critical human, social, community and government support. The service helps them navigate the complex network of government and community programs and services quickly in order to find what they need.