In the fall of 2007, Pathways enrolled a single mother and her 8-year-old son who had been homeless for four years. They had been living at St. John’s shelter, and the mother had been a victim of domestic violence.
Kyle* was agitated, aggressive and had impulsive behaviors and could not stay in school.
A temporary apartment was immediately found to house them, and staff worked with the mother and son on four important areas: housing, budgeting, transportation and making safety plans. They recently applied for and were accepted into the Ardenaire Apartments, a new affordable Mercy Housing project, where the mom can pay the rent.
The boy is attending summer school so he can continue next year without repeating a grade. Although not completely stabilized, he is making steady progress. The family chooses not to include medication as part of his treatment.
* Name changed to protect client's privacy.