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Samira

Participants and staff from the Women’s Program support each other on issues important to them

The House is a home

Samira found support from everyone in our Women’s Program

When Samira found the courage to leave her abusive husband, she didn’t realize that she might lose custody of her children.

“I was isolated and alone. I tried some agencies near me and didn’t feel they understood my situation. A friend told me about the Women’s Program. I didn’t think they could help but went because I didn’t know what else to do.”

The Women’s Program provides a safe space for women of all backgrounds to make friends and find support for the issues that are important to them. Women receive individual counselling and advocacy, get referrals for external services, and enjoy activities like yoga and tai chi.  

“I felt welcomed and comfortable right away and shared my story. Fighting for custody of my children was the most difficult time of my life. Staff helped me find a lawyer and supported me throughout the process. So did the other women in the program. Finally, I won custody. I was grateful to have that support, and still have it.

"Today, my children and I are doing well and they are thriving in school. During the pandemic, staff from the Women’s Program have been so supportive, helping me navigate online programming, getting Ramadan meals and more. They check-up to make sure we’re ok and provide online services.

"Everyone in the Women’s Program is part of my family. Central Neighbourhood House is my home and I miss coming there.”

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