A very grateful person..

“My name is Genevieve P. and I would like to express my gratitude to VHES. I was a mess and drug addict for 25 years, in jail then living on the streets for 4 years. I first came into the house 3 years ago. I had just got out of jail and shortly thereafter broke my hip/leg…and was hospitalized for about a month and the social worker found VHES.

Without them I was not able to afford to live in a clean, safe, and sober environment without prejudice. Chances are I would be in shelters and unsafe environments. I wish we could help more women than this .God knows the need is there, but unfortunately Victoria lacks clean, safe and affordable housing.

I stayed for 9 months and was able to move into a home to help a paraplegic gentleman who I cooked, cleaned and kept company until he became very ill and was hospitalized. I was informed he would not be coming back home and therefore I must move on. Again I was lost and scared and facing being homeless once again. Realizing it can happen that fast to almost any one..

I contacted Erin at VHES in Sidney and was fortunate there was a vacancy and she took me in again. I was so happy to move back in and it felt like I was coming home. I felt safe and peaceful…I am so grateful to have had the chance to be in a clean and sober environment with the stability and safety that I needed so much. For me it was the first time in a long time that I actually got my strength back, cleaned up myself. No more drugs, no more criminal activities and for the first time in years was off probation and out of the court system.

I don’t know where I would be at today if it wasn’t for the helping hand from the Society and I am forever grateful for that, and would like to give back to the Society in whatever way I can. I have attended a few courses through Beacon Community and now have certificates in WHMIS, Food safe, and how to use the squirrel which has taken the place of cash registers that they no longer use.

My heartfelt thank you to all those at VHES who gave me a chance to better my life and I am able to appreciate what life has to offer. I am forever grateful.
Thank you. Gen P

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