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Stories of Impact

Emily’s Story

I became homeless in Kamloops, 6 months pregnant, after moving here to try and get a fresh start for me and my baby. I had little to no support and was in desperate need of a home for me and the baby on the way. Feeling hopeless because I had no where to go, I ended up at the shelter but knew this was only a temporary solution.

I had heard about Elizabeth Fry and the Family Stepping Stones program in the past, got a referral through a nurse, and set up a meeting to try to get a spot in the program. I was grateful when a suite became available and I moved in.

Emily’s baby

Since then, I am so happy that I have that stability and the support that I needed. I have a nice apartment and have set up the nursery in preparation for my baby who is due any day. I now have a home where I feel safe and secure and am able to access services that I will need to be successful in the future. The other women in the building are like a community, and I even help to clean the building because I have pride in my home. The program is two years long and I feel that I will continue to get the support and help to get into school to become a counsellor and help women like me. This program is giving me the opportunity to be confident with my future. I think this program provides empowerment and motivation for women to have a better life. The only thing that would make it better is if there were more suites to help other women. I feel that, if I can do it, that others can do it too.

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Impact in the Community

“The Elizabeth Fry Society has given me the opportunity to provide a stable and secure environment for my children. As a single mom, I struggle less economically and can provide better quality food for me and my children.”

“When I first moved in I was pleasantly surprised to see a gift of household items to get a fresh start. I very much appreciated this help!”

“A couple of years ago I was pregnant, quite young and about to be homeless. I was not aware of all the programs and help available, Elizabeth Fry gave me a place to call home for my children and I feel safe and welcome. EFry has helped me take the steps to get where I need to be. Thank you!”

“Since I have been living in Efry housing I have been able to focus on my recovery and I have also secured employment. I am very grateful for my housing and if I had not secured it I probably would not have had so much success. “

“Efry housing has given me many opportunities to live a better life because I can get a few extra things every few months, nothing big unless I wait for it but a few things I enjoy. “

“Because of Efry housing I am able to attend school full-time to achieve a diploma in psychiatric nursing. If I did not live here, I would not be able to afford rent and go to school full-time. “

“My daughter, who is an only child is able to play with other children in the building. We have a community of parents helping each other out and the kids have friends nearby. “

“Going to school full-time is the most positive aspect for me and was only possible with the subsidized rent through Efry and BC Housing. “

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