What RaY Means to Youth
Excerpt from “Voices of Resilience” a magazine by youth at RaY
Part of RaY's mandate is to give youth a voice. In the fall, motivated and creative youth self-published a magazine with original artwork and writing describing their struggles on the streets and their hopes for the future. Here is what one youth had to say about finding RaY:
"RaY. Like a ray of sunshine? Or maybe, a ray of hope, anchored me and my homeless state and awful situation. My car was a metal freezer. No gas to fuel my nights. No destination in day.
My life in a year at RaY they have helped, tenfold. The days became longer. You’ll never know how long a day is until sober. Until you shake those demons off your back.
At RaY I was able to eat, to drink, to engage in conversation, array of subjects, and topics. I have a spot in Community Volunteering. I worked here. I obtained a certification here. I made resumes here, I gained health here, and now am diagnosed and getting proper help. I’m not just an addict now. I came to RaY."