Sarah, a mother of two children, had just left a difficult relationship and was living in a shelter in Moose Jaw when she first reached out to KidsFirst. Describing herself as “homeless, jobless and penniless with two young children,” Sarah was feeling like she had hit rock bottom when she started working with KidsFirst Moose Jaw staff.
Within a month of reaching out to KidsFirst, Sarah - with the assistance of KidsFirst staff member Michelle - was able to start receiving assistance from Social Services and move into a house. Michelle was able to support Sarah to navigate her way out of the shelter environment, which was a challenge as she originally came from another province and did not have any friends or family support nearby.
“I am forever grateful for her efforts in expediting and smoothing out that process for me and my children. It was the first step into a new life for us.”
KidsFirst staff, particularly home visitor Diana, worked with Sarah to help her regain her self-confidence and self-esteem. They provided her with tools to help overcome the challenges she was facing. Like any parent, she worried about how her children were growing and learning. Staff were able to assess her children’s growth and development, listen to her questions and provide her with resources to work through her parenting concerns. They reassured her that she was doing a great job and helped her develop the skills to become the best mother she could be.
One of the most important things they helped her with was, “to accept the fact that I AM a good mother.”
KidsFirst staff worked with Sarah to set goals for herself and her children. They helped her sign up for classes on parenting, finances, self-love and even cooking. Staff attended appointments with her and when it came time to look for a job, they helped her with a resumé. Sarah was able to secure a great job for herself and daycare for her children.
“I feel extremely grateful for the KidsFirst program and all the people who represent the organization and those who helped me on my journey.”
It has now been over a year since Sarah graduated out of the KidsFirst program and she is happy to report that she recently got married and, together with her new husband, purchased her first home. Sarah continues to focus on child development, putting potty training and pre-K enrollment on her list of goals. She also continues to work through child custody and visitation issues, relying on skills she learned through the program to guide her through the process with her children's best interests in mind.
"The KidsFirst program was such a large asset to my life, and even after graduating I carry with me skills and knowledge that help me every day as I navigate the new adventures that life throws my way. It’s a wonderful program and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is needing support in their lives."
Sarah from Moose Jaw