Paul* was homeless and desperate until YMCA Port Talbot gave him a place to live and hope for the future.
*Name and photo have been changed to protect the identity of the young person
“I was born in Bridgend and lived there happily for many years, but then I got evicted by my landlord and I was homeless. I slept on the streets, picking things out of bins and begging for money. I was constantly in fear of being hurt or having my possessions stolen and unfortunately I developed a drinking habit because of it. It was the only way I could sleep.
But then two very nice PCSOs came and helped me. They found me a place at YMCA Port Talbot. When I arrived at the YMCA the staff immediately greeted me in a kind manner and after signing a tenancy agreement they showed me to my room. After I was settled in they showed me a variety of activities and outings that they offer. They also helped me with my alcohol problem. I had no end of support available.
I now have a job and I’m trying to become financially stable. Thanks to YMCA Port Talbot I’m feeling like I’m getting back on my feet and the future is not so black.”