A United Way funded community centre helped Kaitlyn find a path to success when she was homeless and hungry.
“I was living a very sad and troubled life. After spending time in jail, I was released in 2017 into a province where I didn’t know anyone. I had nowhere to go and ended up sleeping on a train because I was homeless.
Even though I found work in a restaurant, I still couldn’t afford to feed or house myself. Saving up for an apartment was a challenge, and I felt like I would never have enough to pay for a security deposit and the first month’s rent.
I learned about financial literacy, how to budget for the future, and how to live on my own and be self-sufficient. With these supports, I was eventually able to save up for my first apartment.
Not only did they help me find a place to live, but they even stocked my cupboards once I moved in. I now have my own bed and no longer need to worry about where my next meal will come from!
With a stable home and meals, I was then able to focus on my future. The community centre was there again to help me navigate a path to success and find a post-secondary program. I am now proud to say that I have graduated college with certificate to become an addictions counsellor. That is something I am really passionate about as I have a lot of previous experience with that life.
From where I came from, this is all amazing to me. I am so strong today because of all that I went through. Now, I can help people others who are still struggling.”