Housing First, West Metro Regional Navigator and Passageways Housing Program
My mom was drug addicted and involved in the life and was never around, so my dad tried to raise me the best he could but also had his own things going on. When I was 11, one of my friends that I hung out with a lot was having sex and stuff with men due to some of her own family members pimping her out to them. Without realizing what I was getting into I was right there with her. From then on I was in the life through different pimps and sometimes “on my own.” It was horrible and I could go on about the things I went through but it was bad and I ended up getting addicted to crack, survived a lot of violence and everything else. When I was 18 I found out about The Link and got into their housing program. Once the staff there realized what I was going through, I got connected with Kristy (the West Metro Regional Navigator) and got help with a lot of things and I also got a job with The Link. The Link has helped me with housing, getting back into school, mental health therapy and employment.
I am a different person now.
I have been clean and out of the life for 11 months which is the longest I have ever been. I only wish that there were places like Passageways back when I was 11 (Passageways was established in 2014). Now I tell everyone to go to The Link.