“I always thought that somehow things would work themselves out,” explains Trina, a client in our YWCA West Niagara Affordable Housing (YW WNAH) program. For years, Trina stayed at home with her children, not realizing that her life was more and more controlled by her husband, that she was trapped in a life that she did not choose, that did not make her happy anymore. “It was not until I finally came to the YW WNAH and told the Transitional Support Workers my story that I realized how bad it truly was.” Trina is the proud mom of two beautiful daughters – daughters who both have struggled with different health challenges over the years. It was for them that Trina wanted to stay. She thought that staying in the familiarity of their home and a life with financial security was the best decision for them. When she approached the YW WNAH in January, she soon realized that this was not true. Not for her and not for her children.
“For the first time in years, I got to sleep through the night.”
“Everything went very quickly after that,” she says with a smile on her face. “I filed for divorce and we moved into our house on March 1st. It was the best decision I have ever made. My girls are five and seven years old but, for years, they have not slept through the night. As soon as we moved into our new home, they slept! For the first time in years, I got to sleep through the night.” This was when it hit her how much the girls, too, had been suffering. Housing provided by the YW WNAH offered Trina and her daughters the security they hadn’t felt in years.
Trina has gone back to school to finish a degree in Holistic Nutrition that she first started in 2014 and participates in the Skills Development workshops offered by the YW WNAH. “It has been incredible to see the progress Trina has made in only a few months of being in our program,” says her Support Worker Keshia. For Trina herself, things cannot go fast enough. “This is the most stable I have felt in such a long time. I want to be able to keep that stability in our lives and at the same time be able to provide for myself without the help of the YW WNAH. That is my goal: to be self-sufficient.”