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Understanding Abuse

Testimonials About Optimism Place

“I felt welcomed not only by staff but by residents as well.”

“I am leaving with a whole new positive outlook on life. Compared to how I was when I first came, I am definitely a stronger person.”

“A big thank you to all the staff for your support and understanding. Thank you for boosting my confidence and cheering me on every step of the way. Because of your kindness and support, I am leaving here with hope and strength.”

“Amazing support, guidance and protection services.”

“More accommodations than I had asked for. Thank you! Amazing staff and women who have been through so much. So grateful for this experience, especially in such awful circumstances. It has really eased the pain and given me hope.”

“Found so much love and support.”

“This shelter really helped me get back on my feet when times were rough.”

“I would not have known where to even start without the help and support from all the staff, and the programs offered at Optimism Place.”

“I’m going to miss it so much. Best help I’ve ever got.”

“Thank you for providing a safe place for my daughter and I. The staff here are great and always listen and help with whatever they can. Staff were also always polite, professional and knowledgeable.”

"When I went to Optimism Place I had a four- and a two-year-old. The childcare was amazing and it really helped to lessen the burden. Staying at the shelter proved to be a great steppingstone to where I am now. It was very comfortable, but it wasn’t just a place to relax. They taught me coping skills and how to be responsible for myself. It was a very encouraging and motivational experience.”

“I could go on for hours about how well I was treated at Optimism Place. They helped me find a place to live and taught me how to believe in myself again. I continue to go there for a support group once a week. Even though I was older than many of the other women there, I never felt out of place. I especially enjoyed the children. Their love helped me heal and some even called me grandma. I can’t say enough about the staff at Optimism Place. What they’ve done for me has really touched my heart.”

“When I was a child I went with my mom to stay at Optimism Place. I remember everyone there made us feel like we belonged. They were so good to us. You could tell it was more than just a job for them and it made a big impression on me. Because of that experience I’ve decided to go to college to become a child and youth worker. I’ve now just finished a five-month high school co-op placement at Optimism Place, which was fantastic, and I’m really excited about my future.”

What is Abuse  /  Effects on Children and Youth
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