That's a very good question.
I'll start off by saying that there is such a range of situations, but there are now a significant number of people with various mental health issues. We seem to hear about that more and more across the country, and we're certainly seeing it. Homelessness may have resulted from intergenerational poverty, not always but that's often a theme. Certainly mental health breakdown somewhere between a parent and a child is also a cause, with somebody ending up living in a shelter or couch surfing, which means they're staying with friends for a few days at a time but have no address. Eventually they end up at Youth Opportunities Unlimited.
We have a drop-in centre. That's the starting point for many people with us. That's where Courtney started with us, and that's where you can come in for breakfast. We feed 60 people a day. We see about 100 people a day, about 60 of them for food, and 30 who we house in apartments. But it's not just about food. I think one of the folks who uses our services described it by saying, “In London, Ontario, if you're homeless, you don't have to starve.” There are church kitchens. There's the food bank. There are all kinds of opportunities. You struggle and you're not going to get well, but you will not die from no food. However, you may die from isolation, because coming in for food is just the starting point. Really, what you're doing at that point is coming in for some social interaction.
Think about the world of work and how much interaction we get because we get to debate things at a committee meeting, or we talk. Then we go home and talk with our spouse about what our day was like and so on.