Matthew is 13 years old and an eighth grader who, along with his family, is homeless. Like all teenagers, he is dealing with peer pressure. However, he is able to overcome this by finding passion in activities such as Teen Group and Expressive Art Workshop.
Matthew is active in the shelter’s teen group and is always looking forward to the next session. While most of the participants complain about doing art projects, he is attentive and works hard until satisfied with his projects. He has taken ownership of the group, guiding his peers and offering help when needed. He has become a role model to the other teens.
He takes on a great deal of responsibility and is very dedicated; he gets upset if he misses a session. Through arts, Matthew has found a source of inspiration and in a short period of time his attitude has improved, and he has become an effective leader and a resilient teenager. He has learned coping skills, which he would not have been able to learn elsewhere.
He is also involved and dedicated to the services offered to him and his family. He actively participates in individual, family, and group therapy. The staff has observed that his relationship with his mom and sibling has improved while residing at the shelter.