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A Second Chance

At 20, I left my home community for a better life. There wasn’t much in the way of opportunity there and I wanted to go to school, get a job and make something of myself. When I got to Thunder Bay I realized how tough a move like this was and felt totally alone which turned into depression.  In order to cope I began drinking, used up my savings and ended up on the street.  I met the wrong types of people and soon was taking drugs and drinking too much to mask my pain.  I was attacked, beaten and my small amount of personal belongings was stolen.  The police found me and took me to a women’s shelter where I decided I had to make changes or I would end up dead.

I went through treatment and started planning for my future once again.  With no money and no friends or family the biggest challenge I faced was being homeless.  I learned about a residential program that provides housing and access to supports and other services.  With the stability and resources offered through the John Howard Society I completed high school, got a job and was accepted into college.  I was able to save money and worked on my sobriety.  After about a year I felt ready to leave my sanctuary and go back into the real world.  I now feel strong, stable and confident.  I have my apartment, employment and school and feel I have been given a second chance in life. 

United Way of Thunder Bay is leading the way to a better community by improving the quality of life for all local people. By collaborating with community partners, we are leading the way to addressing social issues in our community and investing in three critical areas: Poverty, Kids and Strong Communities. Donations to the United Way are strategically invested across Thunder Bay to many vital programs and initiatives in these areas, creating a social safety net that works to achieve lasting change for our neighbours, families and friends.

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