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From Homelessness to Homeownership: Today, we celebrate Victoria!

Our team at Equal Chance is thrilled to share that Victoria, a woman who lived in the Tabor building, taking care of her four children alone is now a first time homeowner, two years after exiting the shelter!

We are grateful to have been able to assist Victoria throughout this incredible journey filled with many challenges that she and her children have been able to overcome with so much faith and determination!

Three years ago, we met Victoria at a local shelter. She was facing many challenges but always had hope that one day, she would see the light at the end of the tunnel. Originally from Nigeria, Victoria moved to Canada in hopes to: - build a better future for her children and her - contribute to her new country While in the shelter, she would constantly tell our team that she "doesn't want to depend on the system" and will do everything to get out of this situation soon.

Through our programs, Victoria found a job and was able to connect with various specialists.

We also provided culturally relevant food boxes to help support her family thanks to many of you, the donors without whom we could not do this work!

A year after moving from the shelter to an apartment provided by the City of Ottawa, Victoria and her sons saved a portion of their paychecks to purchase their first home. They are now first time home owners and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us support them on this beautiful journey!

It is possible to get out of homeless and it is possible to become homeowners when we equip community members with the right tools and resources. Victoria and her beautiful family is an example of that. The programs do work and the support of each one of you goes a very long way!

This week, we will be bringing some items home to Victoria and her family for their new home. They need:

- Bed sheets - Towels - Cutlery - Dishes - Non perishable food items We will be collecting these items for her this Thursday from 6PM to 8PM. If you are interested to donate items, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your ongoing support!

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