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Posted on: January 10, 2019

SAFE COACH PROGRAM NOW INCLUDES SUPPORTIVE ROOMATES

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Youth at risk of homelessness will soon have another option for shelter in Cochrane.

The Town’s Safe Coach program is building a list of supportive roommates to go with the list of host homes for youth who need a place to stay because of conflict at home.

The Safe Coach Program helps teens and young adults ages 13-24 and their families when there is difficulty living together.

The Western Rocky View Family and Community Resource Centre is seeing an increase in young adults ages 17 to 24 at risk of homelessness. The Safe Coach program matches these youth with support services as they move forward into adulthood, including alternative living situations, educational programs and counselling.

The Safe Coach Program also helps identify relational needs within the family, strengthen their capacity to deal with differences and conflict, stay connected and foster a long-term support system.

Up until now, host homes have been providing short-term transitional housing for teens (typically ages 13-16), which also provides time and space to ease tensions in the family. The program will soon also include opportunities with a roommate who can support individuals.

Cydney Korner, Youth and Family Support Worker with the Safe Coach program says a supportive roommate can make a huge difference. “A stable living situation can have a huge impact on these individuals making a healthy transition.”

The Safe Coach program has matched dozens of local youth with host families and other supports in the past three years. The program is currently looking for supportive roommates and host families for local youth in difficult situations.

If you want to know more about the program or more about how you can help, please contact Cydney Korner at cydney.korner@cochrane.ca.

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