In January 2018, I found out that my then-final encounter with my long time boyfriend had resulted in a very inopportune pregnancy. I was devastated; I had ended things in that rocky relationship to try to grow as an individual, and suddenly I was no longer responsible for only one person. I was far from ready to enter that stage of my life, as I was in my second semester of college and had just lost my job. I was already barely scraping by on OSAP with the intent of finding work when I completed my studies, and that plan was suddenly changed for me.

Despite familial support, I was struggling with the weight of my new future and entirely unsure of what steps I would need to take to care for this new surprise on my own.

I am so lucky that my cousin introduced me to the wonderful ladies at the Family and Pregnancy Support Center. They instantly became my lifeline and a huge support for me. They helped me to find direction physically and emotionally, and were immensely supportive with zero judgement or conflicting opinions regarding every facet of my situation- something I was struggling to find within my close-knit family. Even after my daughter was born, they ensured that we were settled and looked after.

My boyfriend and I have since reconciled and are excited to move forward as a family, but I don’t know how I would have coped without the loving support of this amazingly selfless organization. They continue to amaze me with their ongoing concern for me and my family, and I am so grateful for the fellowship I can still find there.