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young woman holding infantTsion’s settlement worker helped her adapt to life in Canada

Before moving to Canada, Tsion was devastated. Her parents passed away and living with her sister caused an unmanageable financial burden and strain. Tsion made the difficult decision to immigrate with the hope of finding a new beginning and better future for herself.

Even after immigrating, Tsion struggled. She and her new husband were on Ontario Works and could only find sporadic low-paying jobs. She agonized over whether to pay for rent, essentials for her new baby, or food.

What truly helped Tsion turn the corner is the day she attended her first perinatal webinar. She learned about staying healthy during pregnancy and met women in the same situation. That bond encouraged Tsion and gave her desperately-needed support. As she spoke with our settlement workers, Tsion was able to access critical community resources. 

“We live in a small apartment and everyone in the building smokes. I developed asthma and felt quite sick. My settlement worker helped me find a new home, and gave me information about the free Personal Support Worker training. She also helped me with donations for a stroller and other baby things, and helped me see a dentist for free.

“Everything she does makes my life a little bit easier. I really appreciate the special attention she gives and I know I can contact her any time I need help.”