Sanitary measures keep vulnerable youth away from shelters

By Michael Boriero - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Sanitary measures keep vulnerable youth  away from shelters

The Auberge du cœur La Source-Soleil, a shelter for troubled and homeless youth in Sherbrooke, is witnessing a significant amount of short stays throughout the pandemic, which is hindering employees’ ability to connect with guests.
The shelter holds nine available spots for people between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. According to Source-Soleil Director Amandine Vial, there are several beds available right now, but those who use the facility are staying for less than a week.
“For us to build a connection to the youth, and in order to advance in their steps, they need to trust our social workers, which takes at least two or three months,” said Vial.
The shelter is like a stepping stone for young folk stuck in a difficult home situation, she explained to The Record in a phone interview. They also often carry other burdens, like struggling with drug or alcohol addictions.

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