An 18-year-old, whom we will call “Resilient”, was kicked out of his father’s home due to his father’s mental health issues. Resilient faced becoming homeless when DCFS was unable to secure housing options including foster care, hotel vouchers and shelters. That’s when GML stepped in, providing Resilient with an Airbnb until transitional living becomes available to him.
Resilient’s DCFS Social Worker, Thomas, connected with Kathy Lee, Director of Community Services for GML requesting urgently needed housing for that night. It was first explained to Thomas that Kathy, like all members of GML, is a volunteer, and that she currently attends night school working towards her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy at USC. But, Kathy would do her best to secure housing for Resilient as quickly as possible.
Thomas’ text to Kathy’s quick action says it all… “Kathy, you are amazing. Thank you so much for your support! Please go to your class tonight and tell the class and the professor that you are the reason Resilient will not be on the streets tonight! Thank you so so so so much!”
To further support Resilient, GML has offered to mentor him as he transitions into the adult phase of his life by helping him enroll in vocational or educational training and find a job.
Noticeably, Resilient truly lives up to the name we call him in this article. The first morning he woke in his Airbnb room, he quickly dressed and hit the nearby area to apply for jobs. It warms our heart to see how a gift of safe shelter helps this 18 year old work towards an independent future. Stay tuned as we mentor him on to a career that will help him thrive.
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