Success Story: Putting Five First

December 15, 2019 Healing Heroes

“Equality”, a mother of 5 was referred to our second stage shelter last year.  Due to capacity at that time, Equality was brought to the emergency shelter for safety while she awaited her new unit at the second stage shelter.  She was not from Alberta and at her request, shared little information with staff about her past and where she was relocating from. She was shaken and scared, hungry and exhausted. She and her children stayed at the shelter for 1 month and secured a fleeing abuse fund, Monthly income support and renter’s insurance for her new unit at Serenity Place. She and her children moved into Serenity Place and worked with staff to learn where things were in the city, obtain a monthly bus pass and was able to get approved for a low-income rec pass for the year. She worked with staff to have a no contact order extended against her ex-partner, and eventually obtain her divorce and parenting order. Equality was able to find work in town on a part time basis and worked with staff to register her children in a nearby school. After a while she was able to find safe housing in the community and worked with a housing first agency to have supports follow her into the community. Equality continues to use our Community Supports Team and attends weekly support groups provided by Odyssey House.

Thank you to the real-life women behind “Equality “who share their stories!