Healing Heroes

Healing Heroes

Success Story: Their New Beginning

“Equality”, a single mother of 3 young boys, came to our second stage shelter in hopes to have a safe place for her and her children to stay while they awaited relocation to a new city. She had no income and was unsure where to start. She was overwhelmed.

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February 5, 2020 -

Success Story: Sheltered Life to a Shelter Stay

“Equality”, a single woman fleeing her female abusive partner, came to our emergency shelter a year ago with a few bags of clothes and her cat. She needed help to meet her basic daily needs and felt she had no one to help her, she had no family and lived a very sheltered life with her partner.  Equality was not in a position where she could start working on goals or look for funding and a new home, rather she needed to have a safe, warm and friendly environment where she could gather her thoughts and make a plan.

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February 1, 2020 -

Success Story: Putting Five First

“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.

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December 15, 2019 -

Success Story: Get Out

“Equality” came to Odyssey House after things escalated between her and her abusive partner. She stated that things were becoming worse, “no” was no longer an option with him. Only “yes”, she began doing whatever he said because she couldn’t take the physical abuse anymore. She left with just my passports and the kids’ birth certificate.

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December 12, 2019 -

Success Story: Before the Birth of Her Baby

Young expectant mom, “Equality” with two children came to our shelter at the beginning of September. She travelled from another town, fleeing abuse. Her goal was to find safe housing for herself and her children before the birth of her baby.

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September 1, 2019 -

Success Story: Putting the Puzzle Back Together

Equality is a 36-year-old mom of 3 daughters. She has been in a relationship with a man who worked away from home for nearly 12 years. Her partner did not believe in marriage, working mothers, and he did not believe that she as a mother/wife needed friends, she was only “allowed” family for support. Since the birth of their first daughter, Equality began to develop social anxiety, hypochondria, and lives in constant fear.

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August 18, 2019 -

Success Story: Opening Up a New World

“Equality” had been with her abusive partner for five years, before coming to Odyssey House, she recalls

“I was controlled. I could not be my own person, I had no voice! I felt isolated from the community and from the world. I was drugged by sadness, I was prisoner to my hopelessness and I had no control of my feelings.” – Equality

The control she experienced, had pushed her family away, as she did not want them to know what she was going through, she remembers thinking that staying with her family was not an option.

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August 17, 2019 -

Success Story: Chasing Opportunities

“Equality” had been at Odyssey House for 5 months. She escaped an abusive relationship with her 4 young children, and immediately started working to secure housing and get her children’s life back to normal. She was persistent, diligent, and wouldn’t take no for an answer when it came to moving forward and out of the shelter.

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July 11, 2019 -

Success Story: More Places like This

Before coming to Odyssey House, “Equality” was struggling with homelessness and addiction. She was struggling with a lack of a credit rating, due to everything being in her partners name many of the places she viewed and applied to wouldn’t take her. She came very close to going back to her abuser because she wouldn’t have had to worry about a place to live or finances. After staying at the Emergency Shelter, it had been decided her and her family would be a good fit for the second stage shelter.

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June 16, 2019 -

Success Story: Enhanced Chance

Equality came to the shelter in November of 2018 with her three children.  She was experiencing mental health issues and addiction and had left an abusive relationship several months before coming to Odyssey House.  CFS became involved and over the following eight months, she had struggled.

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May 10, 2019 -

Success Story: Sense of Community

Equality sought us out after first seeing a counsellor at Pace Community Support, Sexual Assault and Trauma Centre – Grande Prairie and they suggested that she go to one of the abuse groups that Odyssey holds every week. She then met a Community Support Worker who facilitated some of the abuse groups at Odyssey House and Serenity Place. Equality began to share bits of her story with the Community Support worker, who then asked if Equality would meet one on one with of the Community Support Team and do a Danger Assessment.

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April 28, 2019 -

Success Story: Securing Subsidized Housing

“Equality”, A young mother transitioned from Odyssey House to Serenity Place with her two very young children after a short stay at the Emergency Shelter.  While working with her Client Support worker, the she identified three goals.

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April 11, 2019 -

Success Story: Court Supports

“Equality” sought help from the Odyssey House Community Support Team to assist her with court support to get a parenting order. She had ended an abusive relationship two years prior and he was threatening to take their child from her, even though her ex-partner has remarried, he continued to harass and threaten her.

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March 3, 2019 -

Success Story: Language Equals Connection

“Equality” came to us after a serious incident with her employer. She shared that she is here on a work visa from Uganda and had a job as a live in nanny. ‘Equality’ struggled to get her story across due to a language barrier but the staff was able to find someone to help translate for her.

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January 27, 2019 -

Success Story: Second Stage Shelter Support

“Equality”, A young mom and her child had recently transitioned into Serenity Place after a somewhat lengthy stay in the emergency shelter. Several complexities existed that made securing stable permanent housing in Grande Prairie impossible, one of which being that she had literally zero income and wouldn’t have income in the future as she was unable to work in Canada due to immigration issues.

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January 22, 2019 -

Success Story: Cup of Tea

“Equality” came to us with many visible bruises on her face and arms. She came late at night and only wanted to sleep as she was completely exhausted from the experience she had gone through.

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January 13, 2019 -

Success Story: Thankful for the Now

“Equality” came to us with her 2 teenage children. She shared with staff how shocking it was to actually be in this place. She shared that her and her husband had owned a successful business in the area but had lost it due to the economic downturn. As a result, they lost everything and things only continued to spiral down shill from there.

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December 15, 2018 -

Success Story: Working Diligently

“Equality” was a young mother fleeing domestic violence. While working with her family support worker, she identified three goal attainment paths: 1. Women’s safety 2. Housing/Accommodations 3. Community Supports & Social Networks.

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December 9, 2018 -

Success Story: Now I am Found

“Equality” first arrived at Odyssey House in the fall of 2014. She did not have any children with her. ‘Equality’ has suffered severe PTSD as a result of abuse endured over many years.

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November 18, 2018 -

Success Story: Safe Transition

“Equality” a mother of three contacted Odyssey House Crisis Line. Odyssey House Crisis Intervention workers assisted the woman in developing a safety plan to leave the relationship over a period of time so as to not alert the abuser.

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September 25, 2018 -

Success Story: Change in Circumstances

“Equality” had two teenage children and had been a client of Odyssey House and the Community Support program for several years. She had left her abuser a few times, but would return to the relationship, hoping for a change in her circumstances.

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September 23, 2018 -

Success Story: A Turning Point

“Equality” and her son were brought to us in the middle of the night by the RCMP. Neither spoke English, and this was their first time at a shelter. They were terrified.

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July 31, 2017 -