Jamie’s Story


Jamie arrived at the shelter homeless and evidently vulnerable and confused. He had been panhandling and wandering the streets. Jamie’s only support was his father who had recently gone to prison. A concerned citizen brought Jamie to YES’ emergency shelter. He quickly connected with YES staff and was always willing to help out.

YES connected Jamie with Alternatives Community Program Services that provides opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities and other exceptionalities to develop and learn skills in the areas of employment, volunteerism, recreation and community involvement. With the help of Alternatives we were able to find Jamie a part time job which has greatly increased his social skills and sense of self-worth.

After staying a year at YES’ transition house, Jamie is now reconnected with his father and they share an apartment. YES was there with shelter and skills building when Jamie’s limited supports disappeared. Now, he is connected to many services to support him if he needs help in the future.