I moved to Toronto to live with a man who told me he loved me. Soon after my arrival the verbal abuse started and then the physical violence. I didn’t know what to do, I was so far away from family and friends who could help me and, with a child to support, I couldn’t afford to move out on my own. I felt too ashamed to tell anyone and I didn’t think anyone would believe me anyway because he was so friendly to everyone. The physical violence was getting worse – in just a few months I’d already had a concussion and a broken rib.
But that after he threatened my son and our dog I decided it was time to leave.
We left everything behind. When we arrived at the shelter we were offered a cup of tea, pyjamas, new sheets and blankets and even a dog bed for Charlie. We felt so welcomed and safe.
Later I found out that everything we’d been given that night and even the beds we slept in were purchased with donations. I was so grateful to know that so many people cared about me and my son.
Your tax-receiptable donation today will help us create a warm, welcoming home at the new, North York Women’s Shelter. Donations will be used to buy beds, mattresses, cribs, dishes, cookware and utensils, tables, chairs and more.
Thank you for your generosity!