Client: Youth Eastside Services
Youth Eastside Services is a great organization that provides assistance to at-risk youth. This fundraising video has been a key part of their outreach.
Daniel: My life was headed, nowhere. I mean, that’s basically all it was. My life was headed, I was either going to die or I was going to end up in jail.
Jeremy: When I felt suicidal, I felt like I had no way out. There was no out.
Erin: I had nowhere to go. And, I didn’t know what I was doing with my life. And, all I knew was how to party and I didn’t know how to change that.
Daniel: There was something not right, and you know, it was me. Because, I was dying and there was nothing that they could about it.
Jeremy: It had nothing to do with what I was doing or what I wasn’t doing. It more had to do with who I was. So, it’s almost like trying to change the color of your skin and scrubbing and scrubbing but you just can’t change who you are.
Erin: My drug tests were coming up dirty and I didn’t care anymore and I wasn’t trying to hide it. And, I told my parents, you know, I’m smoking pot what are you going to do about it? There’s nothing you can do about it.
Jerry: If she would not have received our services at the time that she did, by the age of 25, she would probably be severely chemically dependent with no support because the support would have been exhausted that she had from her parents.
Daniel: And, the drugs, you know, would not let me get back up. The drugs and alcohol, no matter, no matter what I wanted to do, I just couldn’t, I couldn’t, I couldn’t stop, I couldn’t stop the downhill, downhill slope I was on. And, it was really hard, it was really hard on me and it was really hard on my family.
Chris: I can’t even even find the words to describe how a parent wakes up in the middle of the night and is just fear and dread are just hanging over my, my whole being because I’m so scared for the safety of my children.
Debbi: I think that we have the chance to be there for kids who might not otherwise get services. You know, I think that we try to meet kids out in the community, at the community centers, at schools. We see a lot of kids whose families don’t have resources to bring them into counseling and we see they anyway. So, I think that we provide a vital service to kids who might not otherwise be getting help.
Erin: I just remember that my counselor was always patient with me and he was always, gave me a chance to speak even though everything that came out my mouth at that time was so irrational.
Jerry: With the support of her family and the services that we provided here she decided to take on a drug free lifestyle and it’s really benefited her greatly.
Chris: He left us gaunt and black circles under his eyes and his face was just really skinny, and you knew he needed to gain some weight. He was doing better. But he went to this wilderness program and he got off the wilderness program. And, he was coming in, in the van, and we were there waiting for him and he got off the van and you were just filthy. Hadn’t washed in 40 days and he looked it. You were just, you’re just filthy and you stunk and your hair was greasy. It was great. But, the smile on your face and the light in your eyes. I just, it, it touched my heart because I thought that we finally were getting you back.
Jeremy: I came out to my cafeteria. I came out to the people who were at my school. I came out to everyone and I told them that I was gay. I told them who I was. I told them that no one should feel alone because there’s always someone like them. So, from that day on I learned a lot about myself. I learned about how much courage I had. And, I learned a lot about what I could do as a person.
Debbi: These kids may seem different. I mean, they may seem like not the kid next door. They may seem like their experiences are sometimes hard to relate to or hard to imagine. But really, they are the kids next door. They are your next door neighbor. They are your son, they are your daughter, they are your cousin, your niece. So, I think you have to care about them because they’re your kids. And, we rely on those in the community to support us in doing the work that we do. You know, without your help we don’t get to see the kids that we, that we see. You know, we’re serving a lot of kids that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford services.