A woman who comes to our Ladies’ Bible study came in one day and said she had been sleeping in the park for the whole weekend. I helped arrange a place at a shelter for her, but she could not get in because she could not reach her EIA Worker. She said that since she had no addictions she was not qualified to get into the addiction programs. She wondered, “Do I need to have an addiction to get help?” The following week she came in and she said she was in the hospital and that someone called 911 because they could not wake her in the park. She was really dehydrated and had a fractured rib.
This woman has had a very traumatic life of abuse, violence and being a brought up in the CFS system. A few years ago, she completed her Grade 12 and received Youth Care Worker training so she thought things were looking up, but she continues to have struggles. Although she does not struggle with an addiction, her family and friends who surround her do. At her darkest moments, she even feels suicidal. During the summer, she lived in a garage just to get away from her family.
She says that she is not a believer and is very angry with God because of how her life turned out. I explained to her that God did not cause the problems. In fact, He wants us to be a part of His family so He can help us to have a good life. She has been helping around the Centre to keep busy. She was so happy to have food, have a shower, and have clean clothes. I told her that everything is a process, and it takes time to rebuild a life. I am beginning to see more peace in her face, and she is even beginning to believe in God.