Lessons I Learned from Homeless Youth is the personal blog of the WYC's Executive Director, Tamara Kowalska, documenting her experiences working with homeless youth. It can be found directly at lilhy.com. The blog is reposted here, in its entirety. The views presented are the personal opinions of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of the WYC.    

No More Loss…
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
You love your furry friend…or friends. So much so that you buy their favourite food, get little treats, maybe special outfits for the cold, have them groomed, and interrogate prospective dog or cat sitters! You let them sleep on the bed and drink out of the toilet, you get up in the middle of […]
End Homelessness!
Friday, April 14, 2017
For those of us who are recognizing Good Friday today, let’s recognize the suffering that still exists 2017 years later: Not having a home where we feel safe and find some comfort is a form of human suffering. End of story. When we talk about ending homelessness, what we are saying is, ‘we don’t want […]
Mental Health and Addiction: put help within reach.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
My friend, Simon, has a chronic knee problem due to a childhood injury. Three years ago, the knee gave out on him totally and made it impossible for him to go about his daily life. He lost his job and the pain is now so severe that it sometimes keeps him in bed. He has […]
Something More to Lose
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
“I remember the place I had. There was a bedroom for me and one for my son. I had a wonderful queen sized bed, and I brought other stuff in to make it feel homey,” a 22 year old mother, Frances, talked with me over coffee and shared memories of the home she had built […]
Legacy of an Overdose
Thursday, February 09, 2017
When people struggling with addiction and/or homelessness die, they leave behind grieving friends and family, just like anyone else does. When that person is young and they die from overdose, those friends and family members are also left with a very real understanding of the potential dangers of homelessness, addiction, untreated mental illness, and a […]
Lonely? You are not alone.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
What is the worst of all pains? “Complete aloneness and doubt,” according to Erich Fromm. He states, “To feel completely alone and isolated leads to mental disintegration just as physical starvation leads to death.” According to him, this pain is great enough for us to hand over our very freedom if there is a chance […]
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Chatting with my bank teller the other day, it seems like most middle class families with teenagers are spending about $1000 per kid for Christmas this year. Sounds about right since this is a time when you can splurge on the larger items they may need – a new laptop for school and warm boots […]
They Don’t Have a Kitchen
Thursday, December 01, 2016
3 kids all under 18 years old walked an hour to get to the WYC one evening. They ate dinner with us and we packed them up food to go. They said they were staying with friends but that their friends didn’t have very much. “Do you have some bowls and spoons we could take […]
Saturday, November 19, 2016
When did we hand over the meaning of the word ‘enable’? When did being an ‘enabler’ become a negative thing? And why does it always seem to be connected to addiction? WHO DID THIS? The answer is WE DID. Let’s stop it. Let’s think about what REALLY enables addiction in our world: lack of meaningful […]
Stay Overnight for Just $5
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Did you know that there is no homeless youth shelter in Windsor? In fact, there’s not a lot of shelter options at all – one shelter for men, one for women, one for women fleeing abuse, and that’s it for available beds. Not enough to accommodate everyone with no place to sleep each night. A […]

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