LOFT promotes independence and recovery for individuals with multiple challenges including mental health, addiction, physical health and homelessness issues. LOFT offers support services including transitional and longer term housing.
“Thanks to LOFT, I went back to school. Got my high school diploma. And I’m inches away from a degree in social work from George Brown College. Pretty great, right? Well, it’s just the beginning. Next, I’m applying to the nursing program at George Brown. I really hope I get in. Me, a nurse. Helping others. Not just a job, but a career. And a stable, meaningful, good life.” – Participant, TAY Program
Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Program which focuses on youth aged 18 to 24 experiencing mental health and/or addiction issues. The key to the program is developing an empathetic, hopeful and continuous client-worker relationship and coordination of support across sectors. The program serves about 200 youth per year offering a range of supports including case management, system navigation, assistance with the activities of daily living, advocacy and access to housing.
Impact for youth:
- Increased sense of hope, self esteem and emotional development
- Goal setting among youth with renewed focus on re-engaging with school, becoming employed, gaining financial self sufficiency, getting ‘a place of their own’
- Increase in involvement in vocational roles (employment, pre-employment, skills training, volunteering, etc.)
- Increase in involvement in educational roles (GED, college, university, school readiness program, etc)
- Increase in proportion of youth living in safe housing
- Increase in physical and mental health supports being accessed by the youth