For the first
month after Jay arrived at ECS Uptown Safe Haven, he didn't say a word.
Five years of homelessness had left him so traumatized and withdrawn that he became selectively mute.
But with time and encouragement, Jay slowly began to communicate. First with occasional single words, then with facial expressions. After three long
months he began speaking in full sentences and making eye contact with others.
What broke the fear that had silenced him for so long?
"I just feel comfortable now," Jay said. At Uptown Safe Haven, he finally felt safe enough to break through the walls he had built and once again be a part of his community. Today he is helpful
around the program and hopeful for the future.