Hi! It’s Callee again. When my story left off I was attending Fanshawe College to become a child and youth worker. Juggling school and family is hard for anyone, but I was doing this as a single mom. My son was in daycare and I was commuting to London every day to go to school. The driving, the distance, the time away from my son, illness, daycare, taking care of a home and let’s not forget homework were all taking a toll on me. I was struggling to keep my head above water and then I learned I was going to have another baby. I was going to have to leave school. In 2009, my second child was born, and I was not only a high school dropout, but a college dropout as well. I was trying to focus on my mental health while at the same time dealing with Family and Children’s Services and their presence in my life. I couldn’t seem to find any stability. Though I was a mom with two young children I was still determined to find a career path where I could be successful and provide for my family. Then in 2015 I got a call from the wonderful ladies at Michael House. I had stayed in touch with the After Care workers all through the years and they had heard that I was pregnant for the third time and having some struggles. They wanted to talk to me about their new project called Supportive Housing. I was interested. Could this be a chance for me to find the stability I needed?
My name is Callee and I want to share my story with you. Seventeen; that’s how old I was when I discovered I was pregnant with my oldest son. I was seventeen, pregnant, a high school drop-out and living with my grandfather who is a minister. I felt so out of place and like I was a disappointment to everyone. I knew I needed some support so I joined a young mom’s group at the Guelph YMCA called TAPPS. There I learned from a friend about Michael House. We both applied to get in to the residential program and we were both accepted right after Christmas in 2006. Michael House hadn’t been opened long and was still in the original 3 bedroom house. Several months later my son was born. I was very fortunate to get accepted into subsidized housing. I had been accepted into the Child and Youth worker program at Fanshawe College and really felt that I was on the road to a secure future. But I was not at all prepared for what came next.