Vancouver Rent Bank helps mom keep home

For Christine and her daughter, an $1800 emergency loan from the Vancouver Rent Bank saved them from losing their home. Being welcomed into Christine’s home you wouldn’t know she had…

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A path to recovery: Shelly’s story

As an advocate for women who face issues with addictions, Shelly is an inspiration, because she’s walked the talk. Five years ago, she kicked her addictions with drugs and alcohol…

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A full circle moment: Kathy’s story

When Kathy and her young son with disabilities were at risk of homelessness and needed help, she turned to the YWCA’s Single Mothers’ Support Services and affordable housing program. She…

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Through the kindness of strangers: Kris’s story

When he was just 13 years old, Kris went down to the kitchen to find a letter with his father’s name on it. When he opened it, he slowly realized…

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Home means a bright family future

Zahra and Silvia are two single mothers living in YWCA housing who found the support needed to provide a better life for their daughters. Walking into YWCA Como Lake Gardens,…

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Rent Bank provides safety net for Arlene

Arlene had always been an independent career woman, working her entire life to support herself and – later on – her elderly mother. She never would have expected to need…

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An artist’s life: Gary’s story

As an artist, Gary was a great candidate for Vancouver Native Housing Society’s Skwachàys Artists’ Lodge where he spent three years until the spring of 2015. As a resident artist,…

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finding a way back home: Adeline’s story

A few years ago Adeline was homeless. A year living in supportive housing has given new meaning to her life and paintings. It’s not every day that you meet a…

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