Since Upstairs was founded in 2001, hundreds of youths have received assistance in personal crisis situations in several thousand consultations. Sometimes it’s “only” a conversation… listening …being there!
At upstairs, young people receive accommodation, can find some personal space, have a good shower and take stock of their lives for a few nights in the safety of he Upstairs apartment. They get food, the opportunity to wash their clothes and are accompanied with their dealing with the authorities. Often it is just a case of patiently listening and then planning out the next steps.
“Why do I like to go out in the rain?” Because I know that I can go back inside, because I finally have a home.” This phrase shows very clearly what it means for some young people to get help from Upstairs. In this case, it was assisting in the search for a training course and a small apartment.