Note: This story has been published with permission from the people involved. Names have been changed to protect their privacy.
A single mother’s participation in the Healthy Families program.
This is the mother's success story in her own words.
"I joined when my son was 3 months old. I stayed at home and had too much stress about learning English language, finding job and other things. My Family Support Worker assured me and suggested to take things slowly. When my son turned one year, I started English as a Second Language school at level 3. Every test I passed, my home visitor was very happy for me. My Family Support Worker kept encouraging me: ‘See, you will do it – one step at a time!’ I wanted to take Health Care Aid course, so my Family Support Worker encouraged me to go to the Norquest College to prepare for it. I studied at the Norquest College.
My second Family Support Worker helped me too. I was so stressed only going to the English classes and not moving closer towards Health Care Aid course. My Family Support Worker called Catholic Social Services and helped me to take Canadian Benchmark Test in July of 2013. As a result I was able to start Health Care Aid course sooner and to finish it in December of 2013. Now I found my first job and started working."
During home visits the mother shared with a Family Support Worker that her son did not talk as well as the other children at his daycare. The Family Support Worker suggested the ABC Head Start program, and the boy started in September 2013. My son started speaking and telling Family Support Worker about his favorite toy – Thomas the Train.
The mother showed her Family Support Worker pages on the kitchen table, where she encouraged her son to draw/write and repeat various patterns – like children do at school.
“When my son was born, I had a dream: when my son starts going to school I want to be working and be able to provide for my family. Today I registered him to the Kindergarten. And I am working. I feel so happy!
I want my first Family Support Worker to know, that I achieved my goal.”