06Dec2022

Welcome to The Link (formerly Macdonald Youth Services)

Just 6 when she lost her mother to cancer, Breeze’s sense of loss only deepened when her stepfather decided he could no longer care for her and she became a permanent ward of Manitoba’s child welfare system.

“Eventually, he just stopped showing up for visits,” says Breeze. “It was super hard. That’s when I first came into care. Having people on my side and feeling like someone is actually listening, who cares about me and my wellbeing…I’m forever grateful.”

Just 6 when she lost her mother to cancer, Breeze’s sense of loss only deepened when her stepfather decided he could no longer care for her and she became a permanent ward of Manitoba’s child welfare system.

Program:

Independent Living with Supports

Date:

June 12, 2018

Categories:

Youth, Families

Tags:

Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, 

Having people on my side and feeling like someone is actually listening, who cares about me and my wellbeing…I’m forever grateful.– Breeze Foy, former youth participant

 

“Eventually, he just stopped showing up for visits,” says Breeze. “It was super hard. That’s when I first came to The Link. They would come into the apartment twice a week to check in and help with things like groceries or bills, depending on what I needed. They made me realize my feelings. That maybe I really did know how to use a mop but was only calling because I needed someone to talk to and couldn’t say I was lonely. Someone is always on call, so if you’re feeling suicidal or just need someone to talk to, someone to laugh with, just anything you need. They were always there to help.

We help young adults like Breeze secure stable housing and make the transition from living in care to caring for themselves as responsible and independent adults.

“There’s also a support group where you can learn about different opportunities throughout MYS. Like the Saving Circle, where every dollar you save to buy something you really need is matched with $3 more. That’s such an amazing opportunity. And if any of us was ever upset, we would always have a voice. We were always heard.”

Today Breeze remains independent and lives in a home she shares with her partner Foster. In September, she’ll be a student at Red River College, pursuing a career as a Child and Youth Care worker.

“I want to take my trauma and instead of feeling bad for myself, help other kids who are feeling bad about themselves.” Her goal: to work for an organization like The Link.

“Because of them, I’ve been able to do all these things. And even though some of my plans fell through, I’ve always been able to get back up because of the supports I received. Feeling cared for and respected…It just makes me want to do better and be better.”

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