In 2016, Wesley served 138,189 hot meals, housed 92 chronically homeless individuals, moved more than 900 refugees into permanent housing and provided 7,063 days of personalized treatment. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There are many people whose lives have been changed by Wesley in the past year, but we’d like to share Rodney’s story with you today.
For the first time in his life, Rodney moved into his own one bedroom apartment on August 1, 2016. For almost ten years, Rodney lived in a series of shelters and unsuccessfully rented a room with other people.
“I didn’t want to do it no more” Rodney said. “I thought the people I was living with were my friends, but they were abusive, made threats and took my stuff — even my favourite lazy boy chair.”
When a Wesley housing worker met Rodney, it took time to build a relationship of trust. Rodney likes to be independent and self-sufficient — like his Dad — who has since passed away. He currently works as a sorter and operator at a recycling company for a little over $13.00 per hour.
It is only with the help of our generous donors that we enabled Rodney to find affordable and safe housing close to his work that he could maintain on his own. We are proud of Rodney and will continue to support him and his landlord to ensure successful tenancy.
If you’d like to support folks like Rodney, you can make a donation here.
Read more about our work in the community in our 2015-2016 Annual Report.
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