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smiling elderly man in apartmentDan’s health improved dramatically after moving into our Cecelia Murphy supportive housing for seniors

“I’ve lived many tragic lives. Before I was ten, I was in thirty-two homes and never spoke the words, ‘mom’ or ‘dad’. Foster care, jails, pain, sorrow and drugs were my childhood friends. My playgrounds were the streets. By the age of twelve, I was on my own for good. That was fifty years ago. Hard years. 

“Early in the summer of 2021, I was sharing a ten-by-ten room for $1200 per month, or in the hospital. I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and leukemia and my doctors gave me less than two years to live. I was in a dark, dark place. I got in touch with The Neighbourhood Group to find supportive housing. Ashley, the housing worker, was a living angel and treated my case with the highest respect and caring. I lucked out and obtained my apartment here in only 21 days.

“Living here changed my life. It’s a community, not just an apartment building. Everyone is friendly and easy to get along with. The best part is the staff. You can tell they like their jobs. They are all so pleasant and always there if you need help. One day my air conditioning broke down. In two hours, staff were there with a new unit. And because it’s supportive housing, I even have money now for some extra groceries.

“I’ve gone from severe depression to being cheerful. Being happy led to my physical health improving tremendously. I’m now in remission and my doctors are amazed at the changes. Although I still have other medical issues, I don’t even need one of The Neighbourhood Group’s Personal Support Workers any more. I’m feeling fantastic mentally and physically. Last year I couldn’t walk a block. Today, I walk my dogs at least ten kilometres a day.

“Thanks to The Neighbourhood Group for making my final years as pleasant and secure as can be.”