Ellie grew up with domestic violence in the home. After her mother died, she was kicked out of home and stopped attending school.
The Street Walk Program Manager found Ellie in a park. He offered her a hot meal and a safe place to sleep at one of the Youth Off The Streets refuges. Ellie stayed for three months and was connected with a psychologist.
She returned to school at one of the Youth Off The Street independent high schools, and is now graduating with a bright future.
“Youth Off The Streets was there at my absolute lowest. I felt safe, cared for and supported. I belonged, and to me, that’s home.”