Hope and Home

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    Greta* was brought up in care from a very young age. She had little choice but to deal with the responsibilities and challenges this situation brought to her at an age when most of us are catered for by parents. Greta ended up homeless after she left the childrens’ house she spent most of her childhood in.  She came to YMCA seeking refuge and we saw in her a lost Maltese young girl.

    We embarked on a journey of trust and hope. We walked together and helped her to start building her life with more confidence in herself and unconditional love above all. Greta took psychological help and support from our psychotherapists and counsellors as part of the care-programme we offered to her.  The individual residential support worker, assigned to her, helped her to learn and gain new social skills. She was supported in finding and retaining employment and to continue her studies.

    We helped Greta to find hope above all.

    We never forget the excitement Greta had when she opened her first bank account and thereafter the happiness the day brought with Greta receiving her first salary.

    After more than a year with us, she felt confident enough to move on and Greta broke this news to us with tears in her eyes. She had enough money saved-up to pay the deposit and the first month’s rent. An apartment was found by her and YMCA assisted in the renting process. These are moments that make the YMCA proud.

    She came feeling lost and worthless – she left full of hope and with her own house to live in.

    We couldn’t make her childhood traumas she endured go away but we know that she is strong enough to fight them and wise enough to ask for help. Greta is still in contact with us and sometimes she calls us to tell us about her new adventures in independent living.

    Dar Niki Cassar is a YMCA residential facility for homeless individuals, families, and children experiencing homelessness and rooflessness. Visit the YMCA Malta website for more information about their services. You may send a blank message on 50619212 for a donation of €11.65.

    This is part of a series of blogs by YMCA Malta called Homeless but Hopeful

    *Not her real name