Rose was married young at 19 and fell pregnant with her first child at only 20 years old. At first her husband seemed concerned about her wellbeing when he wouldn’t “let” her work. She felt cherished and loved when he called her every hour to check in and make sure she was home.
Rose felt “special” at first because of his jealousy and constant attention. That all changed dramatically when he started verbally abusing her and calling her “stupid”. With mounting financial pressure things were tense at home and eventually he walked out, leaving her at home with 4 young children and no way of supporting them on her own with no income or help.
Rose found Scarborough Women's Centre and with guidance and support from the centre's staff and volunteers she was able to successfully access immediate financial supports. With the financial pressure alleviated she was able to take the time she needed to heal from the shock of her situation. Working with the centre she managed to find the resources she needed to secure programs for her kids, and start the slow process of becoming economically and emotionally independent. This is one of the many ways in which the centre supports vulnerable women in their time of need.
With time, support and courage Rose put herself though school while raising her children singlehandedly. After hard work and determination she graduated from Centennial College as a nurse and is enjoying her new life.