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The ShareLife Impact


 

 


ShareLife is working small wonders in the community every day! Learn how... 



Ours is a rich and diverse region. We come from many places, speak a multitude of languages and offer an endless array of skills. We also face many different challenges. And when we’re at our best, none of us stands alone.

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Last year, the family of ShareLife-funded agencies provided services to many people locally and assisted countless more in developing countries around the world. They fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, protected the meek and cared for the sick. In 42 municipalities and in more than 20 languages, those in need received professional, faith-informed and compassionate care as a result of our generosity.


A New Start for Brittany and Her Young Family

“I first came to Rose of Sharon as a pregnant 17 year old mom thinking this would never happen to me,” explains Brittany, now with her five year old son Ethan and one year old daughter Sarah, “I was the only pregnant girl in my high school, so needless to say, there wasn’t much acceptance or peer support.” Brittany and her children’s father Jarrod soon discovered that their parental support for their new situation was limited. Jarrod enrolled in university at Waterloo and Brittany and Ethan eventually joined him. This was after Brittany came to the Rose of Sharon to enroll in the mother baby programs designed to assist her and her new family to get on their feet. Everything from diapers, food, clothing, cooking classes, completion of high school courses, Ontario Works applications, resume assistance and more was available to her. Within a year, she was able to use her new-found skills to adjust to her new life. Last year, after her second child, Brittany has been able to rejoin the Rose of Sharon and become involved in further parenting programs to enable her to increase her parenting skills.

With the help of Rose of Sharon, she has become a patient and understanding mother, capable of dealing with a lot of life’s trials and her growing family. Together, Jarrod and Brittany thank ShareLife donors for their financial part in helping them deal with the challenges they have faced as they learn to enjoy life with their young family.

Watch the Rose of Sharon video.


A Safe Place for Tina

Adult clients Tina, Gayle, Julie and Rose are busily involved in stringing beads and happily creating other crafts in the day class at the St. Bernard’s location of Mary Centre. They, along with many others, are part of the Mary Centre adult education day program designed to develop emotional and intellectual stimulation skills. The adults in the program are encouraged to express themselves and be honest in their communications with peers and staff in order to regain their self-esteem and build trust in one another. Staff provide a safe respite and encourage a family atmosphere for clients outside their own home, whether they live with parents, siblings, or on their own.

“Mary Centre offers a safe place for special adults to feel secure and rebuild their lives again,” shares Tracy Berman, Executive Director of Mary Centre, “We have had the opportunity recently to take in two developmentally challenged homeless women at our Mary Centre St.Bernard’s location and help them regain the confidence and life skills to live again. This is but one example of the practical difference ShareLife makes in the lives of those in desperate situations.”

Watch the Mary Centre video.


A Family of Brothers Supporting Each Other

St. Michael’s homes is a multiple level facility located at 262 Gerrard St E featuring a main floor meeting, a full kitchen and communal living spaces as well as second floor private rooms for the residents. The staff have recently completed some upgrades which include a large deck at the back designed to welcome all residents as a gathering place for non-alcoholic social times.

“We especially want to thank ShareLife donors for their generosity, " shares Ron Lirette, the Executive Director, " the communal approach we take here reflects the desires of staff and residents, so we’re like a big family of brothers supporting each other. The financial help ShareLife donors bring goes a long way. Thank you so much for all that you do!”

Watch the St. Michael's video.


Learning to have Fun Together for the Best of Friends

Mackenzie and Joelle are the best of friends and have fun together at Silent Voice summer camp. There they know it's important to sign so they can more fully understand each other. The girls have attended hearing camps but prefer deaf camp because of the ease of communication and understanding. Originally from E.C. Drury, a school for the deaf in Milton where the "mascots are beavers", they enjoy playing basketball and baseball with their other school friends. At Silent Voice camp, they love to swim, jump on trampolines, make crafts and play soccer.  

Mike started as a summer camp counsellor at Silent Voice and became Program Director ten years ago. The mandate at Silent Voice is to encourage all staff and children to sign using ASL (American Sign Language) to enhance communication amongst each other. The agency is grateful for the support that they received from the Share Life campaign. 'The support you provide as donors is vital because the children come from struggling backgrounds," says Mike, "When they come to camp they feel privileged and are free and empowered to develop and be all that they can be. Thank you for the positive difference you make in their lives!"   

Watch the Silent Voice video.