Angela's Story

Angela's Story

Posted Oct 4th, 2016 in Client Stories

After my separation I had a difficult time finding suitable employment. I ended up doing temporary and seasonal jobs. Then, my worst nightmare happened. I lost my home of ten years. 

It wasn’t a big house and it wasn’t in a great neighbourhood but it was the only home that my daughter knew. Without a job, and only minimal benefits from Employment Insurance, that were due to run out just before Christmas, I was not able to find adequate housing. 

No one would rent to me without references and without permanent employment.

I was dealing with the worst — being homeless — when I was referred to Bethlehem Housing and Support Services.

Through weekly meetings with a support staff person, I was able to come to terms with my situation.  I attended weekly lifeskills meetings, which greatly helped put my own troubled childhood in perspective. 

I also attended other groups which dealt with co-dependency and relationship issues.  Had you asked me a year ago if I needed any of these, I would have quickly said no, but I can now honestly say that Bethlehem Housing and Support Services finally “allowed” me to deal with my issues at my own pace and in a safe and compassionate environment.  It was the first time in my life that I was given such an opportunity.

NOTE: The names of the individuals in this story have been changed to protect their privacy.

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