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David's Story

David was a client of Fresh Connect and was introduced to Street Outreach after he passed out in line from being dehydrated and not having enough to eat. David had been living in his van for 2 years which David had stated, “it had become is normal." David was very proud and not looking for handouts. David insisted on not being housed until he found a job, and would eventually be able to pay the rent himself. As much as the Street Outreach team and other members of BCOC wanted to see David housed, we had to respect his choice. We worked closely and consistently with David gaining his trust and empowering him to get employment. The Street Outreach team then connected David to Careerlink and supported him through his journey from living in his van, to finding employment, and to finally getting housed. The abnormal was changing to normal. David has since participated in our Economic Self-Sufficiency program, received a vehicle through Wheelz 2 Work to further his independence, and is now a new graduate from our Economic Self-Sufficiency program.