Thank you 416

I have always been a compassionate person, helping anyone. My need to make sure everyone is okay, whether I can empower, motivate or direct, I realize now in my 50’s, that this is an integral part of my being and who I am as a person.

I was a single Mom raising two children, taking care of the home, working, driving duties, entertainment coordinator, Father, friend mediator and all the other responsibilities, not just as a Mother, but also a woman. My main priority was my children and being able to raise healthy and well adjusted kids. My needs were not even a thought during this time, life was tough but good, until, one day I realized my kids were grown, out on their own, married and having their own families. ‘What now’! The changes that ensued through self reflecting, many courses, many tears and learning to open myself to change surprised me. I always knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel, but didn’t realize the transformation that was about to happen……I decided to go to College, I know, after 40 years of working I couldn’t believe it either. My life was going to change. Something to be said for a 50 something women returning to the education system, surrounding her self with fellow students between the ages of 18 and 21. Best decision I ever made. Thank God for resilience and adaptability!

It was after my first year of College I realized I needed to find work during the summer months, that I first met 416 Community Support for Women. I put a call out on Face book and that’s when Rosie, ED of this wonderful organization answered my call.

I have been working at 416 for three months now and it has changed me. Changed my attitude, changed my direction in life and taught me a whole lot about addictions and mental health. So many things I have learned and continue to learn from the incredible women I work with and for. Here is this organization housed in a Victorian home in the heart of downtown Toronto serving the Regent Park area and what great karma. I have worked for many non profits, but feel 416 is unique, special and different than any other. At the helm of this organization, ED Rosie and colleagues, consisting of Case Management Workers, Office Staff, Program Coordinators, Kitchen Staff, Drivers and the many Volunteers, has created a well oiled organization, but the unique part is the inside of this home, a home environment in every sense of the word. For many of the women, they have no homes or family and 416 is all they know and if the laughter and smiles inside this home are any indication on how the women feel about 416, then to me 416 has set itself apart and the community needs to know about this wonderful organization and all the wonderful services and program it offers.

Its funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations and hope. This is what 416 Community Support for Women is and something that I truly appreciate and cherish……….

Thank you 416!


Dianne August 27th, 2013 06:04:45 PM

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