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The following stories….

The following stories are the factual accounts of persons living in the Tri-Cities who have experienced adversity in their lives. (more…)

I’m Home at Last: Grace’s Story

My name is Grace. With sincere gratitude, I would like to thank the YWCA Metro Vancouver for giving me the chance to live at Como Lake Gardens. I was born and raised in a refugee camp. Though my life was very difficult, nothing had prepared me for the challenges I was going to face when I moved to Canada in 2002. I found myself in an abusive marriage. I have been in and out of transition homes for several years. I have been in great need for a safe and stable home for 10 years. (more…)

Melissa’s Story

Before I had the blessing and privilege of coming to Como Lake Gardens through the YWCA, I lived in Coquitlam but had to move several times before finding a home where I truly felt safe for my child and I. We had lived in 3 locations prior to here including one with a family above, but that turned violent and was very unsafe. (more…)

All I Need is a Place

We, as outreach workers, hear this phrase time and time again. At times we also here “ ALL I NEED IS A JOB “ and in this story its about a mother of two who was so adamant that a place would solve her problems that we decided to help her get on Social Assistance and see if she could find a place and get off the drugs. (more…)

The Power of Addiction

Imagine, being in a muddy, slimy, dark deep pit trying desperately to get out. You claw your way inches from the top and to freedom and just when you think your there you slip back down again and again. That is how I can describe this man’s addiction. (more…)

Beauty Without the Beast

Here’s a story of a young attractive blonde girl who at the age of 23 has experienced more than most her age. Our first contact with this young lady was when her mother called us desperate for help. You see, the girl had relapsed and was now in the company of a very violent man. A day after the man physically assaulted her and left cuts and bruises on her we met for an assessment of how we could help. (more…)

What Will It Take?

There are many times that I ask myself this question, but with this one particular client I’m afraid only God has the answer. Since May of this year we have been working with this woman and just when we think were making progress she runs. (more…)

Till Death Do Us Part

Marriage, a sacred union that has been watered down over the years so that when hard times come (and they do) it has been made far to easy to get a divorce. The couple that I’m going to tell you about has been married for over 32 years and for the last 2 they have been homeless. (more…)

Out of Touch

Denial, it’s a powerful, powerful, closed way of thinking.
The dictionary defines denial as:“ TO REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE “. In this man’s case he either would not or could not face up to the fact that he has any part in his homelessness. He has the illusion of grandeur and can’t understand that he needs to partake in his recovery and his reintegration back into society. (more…)

Twenty Two

This is perhaps the most touching and rewarding story that I have the privilege of sharing with you. Sometimes, just sometimes people come into your life and leave a lasting impression, and this is exactly what this young couple did to me. I would love to tell you their whole story but what I am going to tell you is the transformation that took place in just a short period of time. (more…)