Breaking the Cycle with The Relatives
50% of the young people The Relatives serves have had an interaction with child welfare services. The Relatives see youth who’ve fled a dangerous, unstable home life and young adults whose unaddressed trauma impacts their efforts to find consistent employment and stable housing.
There are two young people at The Relatives, Starr and Daniel, who each experienced a traumatic childhood. Daniel found himself living on the streets at the age of 11 and struggling to feed himself and his sister due to extreme parental neglect. Starr, too, struggled with homelessness after running away from an abusive mother at the age of 16. Starr and Daniel wanted to break the cycle of abuse, instability, and despair. But they couldn’t do it alone. They needed help. The Relatives step-ins as no one else can, wrapping our arms around vulnerable young people in crisis and enabling them to achieve independence through comprehensive services tailored to their individualized needs. Starr found empowerment at The Relatives On Ramp Resource Center where she was able to make a fresh start. At The Relatives, Starr earned her driver’s license, found a job, and an apartment.
Daniel found relief at our Youth Crisis Center where he had food to eat, a safe place to sleep, and was able to feel like a kid again. A few years later, Daniel came to On Ramp where he obtained his GED, driver’s license, as well as stable housing. Both Starr and Daniel have said The Relatives showed them there are people in this world who will genuinely care about you. This is the kind of transformational change The Relatives makes in the lives of young people experiencing crisis.