Horizons for Youth shelter is helping young people get off the streets and back to pursuing their passions
The sounds of slamming doors, stomping feet, and angry voices rang in John Huynh’s ears as he stuffed just his phone and his wallet of only a few bills, into the pocket of his pyjama pants.
His feet tried to catch up with his racing heart as he swiftly left the front door for the relative safety of a nearby Subway restaurant in the summer of 2018.
Toronto police arrived in response to Huynh’s 911 call and held him for lengthy questioning. The frightened 22-year-old answered with hot tears still streaming down his face.
He had become accustomed to the feeling of fear while living with his family.
“I really didn’t like living at home for my whole life. I never felt safe anywhere. And I had nowhere to go to feel safe,” now 24-year-old Huynh explained. “Even if I lock the door in my room, my dad would just find another way in, like breaking the door down.”
Originally published on April 16, 2020