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Lives You've Changed

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Cowichan Women's Night shelter, one year in operation

December 2019
One year ago on December 20th, the Cowichan Women’s Night Shelter opened its doors to provide homeless women with a safe, warm place to sleep, plus dinner and breakfast.
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Samantha built self confidence and learned to fly

November 2019
Girls Group, you gave me wings to fly very high
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A new friendship helps Liz feel less isolated

October 2019
With all her friends and neighbours gone, Liz felt alone and isolated in a community where she once knew everyone. A new friend changed all of that.
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Amanda Joseph is regaining control of her life

October 2019
Now three years sober, Amanda Joseph has rebuilt her life thanks to the support of a United Way program in Campbell River.
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Anxiety no longer rules Sam's life

July 2019
Sam has always dealt with anxiety and because of generous donors like you, he was able to join a program that turned him into a leader.
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After-school cooking program helps Kevin through a difficult time

December 2018
Thanks to United Way, youth in Courtenay are learning to cook through LUSH Valley Food Action Society's Young Cooks program.
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Hospice softens Kate’s path through grief

November 2018
Three years ago, Kate said goodbye to her husband. A United Way-funded program gave her hope.
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Reading between the lines

August 2018
When Jayce’s kids fell behind in reading, a United Way program helped them improve their skills—and their confidence.
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Overcoming homelessness to help others

August 2018
Travis went from experiencing homelessness to studying at university. Now, he’s helping others get their lives on track.
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How Karissa overcame postpartum depression

August 2018
Like so many moms, Karissa has struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of her 7 month-old child. She recently moved from Kelowna, where she faced an increasingly difficult family…
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Seniors Enjoy Exercise Classes

August 2018
Seniors are not always comfortable, or able, to attend regular fitness classes. Many seniors also do not have the opportunity to get out and socialize as much as they would like.
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Ruth struggled to raise her grandchild

August 2018
Jenna and her grandmother struggled through “two years of hell” during a lengthy diagnosis process.
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Children grieve differently than adults

August 2018
When Stephen’s Nana passed away, the 7-yearold boy was confused and distraught.
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A Day Trip to Ditidaht

August 2018
The long and bumpy gravel road to Ditidaht, a remote First Nations village near Port Alberni, was well worth the visit to the community school for both the Canadian Red Cross youth facilitators and…
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Preparing Affordable Meals

August 2018
It breaks a parent’s heart to see their child go hungry.
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18 Years of Sobriety

August 2018
Some people fall into an addiction, but others like Dennis, are born into it. Growing up surrounded by alcohol, Dennis started drinking at 10 years old. By age 16, she was using drugs with her…
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Michael: From Loneliness to Leadership

August 2018
Thanks to a meal program you support through United Way donations, Michael (right) is now thriving as a leader.