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It’s the Little Things…

Kimmy was 5 years old when she and her five sisters were taken from their abusive mother. Then at 16, her grandmother who had taken her in, passed away, leaving Kimmy nowhere to go. Years of intermittent homelessness has taken its toll on her. She has been beaten and raped, used methamphetamines, and spent time in jail.

In 2016, she came to Wind Youth Services. It has been a long road to stability for Kimmy. She has worked diligently with her case manager to stay clean and sober. She just interviewed for a job and received a Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) voucher for her own apartment.

Her dynamic personality made her the perfect choice for a modeling gig at Goodwill’s Sip, Style and Shop event on April 28.  “I love to try on clothes and just have fun with them,” says Kimmy. “Everyone was so nice and it made me feel good to have someone style just me!”

Kimmy was styled by several of the stylists and was beyond thrilled when Goodwill let her keep all the outfits! “I couldn’t believe it, I was wondering what I was going to wear on my job interview, and they said I could have the outfits. Then I had to choose what to wear for the first time!”

                                        

Kimmy is always anxious to help and loves to show her gratitude for all that our donors and staff at Wind do. On Big Day of Giving, Kimmy filmed a social media clip for Wind’s Facebook page, which definitely helped us raise nearly $22,000!

Stories like Kimmy’s are not unusual to hear. Many of the youth we see have experienced not just one, but multiple traumas. Your continued support on Big Day of Giving and throughout the year, allows Wind to give more youth, like Kimmy, the resources to become self-sufficient.

Progress Being Made

While staying at the Transitional Housing Program(THP), Willie Parker, a 23-year-old homeless single father has made incredible progress on achieving sustainability. Since entering the THP, he has obtained his high school diploma, driver’s license and recently joined the Construction Labor Union.

His Case Manager at Wind, in conjunction with support from the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SRCC), has been able to help him achieve his goals; and while his journey is far from over, the progress he’s made has set him on the path to success. 

We love to hear about and share these success stories of our clients that your support makes possible! Become a believer. Join us in supporting Willie and other youth (ages 12-24) now by clicking here.

 

Meet Gemma, an impossible dreamer.

Wind Client and Vista del Lago Class of 2017 graduate

“If you told me at the beginning of 9th grade–heck, even at the start of 12th, that I’d make it this far, I’d have laughed at the absurdity of your faith in me. There was always this timer in my head. “You won’t live to be 18,” it ticked. When that milestone passed, “you won’t live to graduate” was the next whisper. But here I am, diploma in hand and college classes upcoming. I don’t think I would have made it without the support of Wind Youth. Throughout most of high school, I had nowhere to call home. You probably couldn’t tell, as I was always that one kid who cheered and smiled and had a seemingly endless reserve of positive energy. But after the last bell rung, that changed; I went back to people who abused me or neglected me, try hard as I might to prove I was worth being in their family. Midway through 12th grade, I found myself not only homeless, but houseless–and it was here I was informed Wind Youth had a bed open. And for the last four months, I’ve had a home, with people who care about me and want me to succeed, who support me through my struggles and love me for who I am. As I look to the future, college and jobs and an apartment, I find myself not scoffing at such impossible dreams, but planning and looking forward to them.”

My name is Gemma Gabbett, and Wind Youth both saved my life and helped make it worth living.

 

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Permanent Supportive Housing Program Successes

It’s been almost a year since our permanent supportive housing program opened and we have seen many successes!

Our case manager has shared smiles, laughs with all the young people as they headed out to meet goals on their case plans.  Finding employment, enrolling in school, getting connected to health care, and assisting youth in securing and maintaining benefits are just a few examples of completed goals that positively affected the youths’ moods and overall situations, keeping them housed and safely inside.  The purpose of supportive housing is that clients feel supported and we definitely can share that are clients are happier and healthier with the support they get from the Wind case manager.

In August alone, three youth enrolled in GED programs and are working diligently to complete their degree. All of these youth have experienced a lot of struggle in their life, so this milestone is a true achievement. They are fighting addiction, CPS involvement, and years of trauma from living on the streets.

Because Wind’s program is built on the model of harm reduction and unconditional love, we help youth reach their goals by allowing them to focus on their accomplishments rather than the stigma associated with their addiction or trauma.