The Brighter Side
via 100 Women Who Care Calgary
When a young person between the ages of 17-24 decides they want to get off the streets they can come to The Doorway.
The Doorway is a community funded business oriented space where young people choose to participate in a community run integration project.
The Doorway is a space to think, community members to learn with and tools to plan their lives with their own ideas.
Since 1988 The Doorway has been a bridge between street and mainstream cultures where participants progressively work towards sustainable economic independence (legal income and housing).
The Doorway approach is based on a step by step contracting process. Participants choose each successive step they need to take to get off the streets. Using "MYPLAN" participants write out their plan of action then discuss it with a volunteer or staff member; a key aspect of the process. This planned step becomes their contract. Participants are paid a $15 incentive for each contract they negotiate to a maximum of 8 steps per month.
Success is defined as the ability to find and sustain employment and a safe place to live as well as acquiring problem-solving skills which allow them to move forward in their lives and to feel hope in their future. Since 1988, a consistent average of 7 out of 10 participants achieve personal goals to leave the street environment.
Find out more about The Doorway HERE.
Visit The Doorway online for more information at http://thedoorway.ca.
by Christina Rowsell ~
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