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MEET DENYSE & LUKUS  

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My name is Denyse and this is my story.

When I was just a teenager, my son Lukus was born. Barely out of childhood myself, the weight of responsibility being a single teenage mom hit me like a ton of bricks.

Without a strong community of support in Prince Rupert, I struggled to be the mom Lukus needed. I had no one to show me how to care for an infant, and I struggled to make ends meet.

I was given the ultimatum of signing Lukus into foster care or signing him over to a family member. Defeated, I gave custody of Lukus to my own mom. Being separated from him broke my heart.

I was ashamed and consumed by pain. I started drinking and partying in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to numb my aching heart.

Years went by and I hit rock bottom.

In one of my darkest days, my Grandmother suggested that I go back to school to finish my high school diploma. She encouraged me to believe in myself and a future when Lukus and I could be together.

I took one class and passed. And then I took another. And another. I stayed sober, completed high school and regained custody of my son.

I was on a better path, pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, but managing school, raising my son alone, and making ends meet was still such a struggle.

Then a friend at school connected me with Mom2Mom.

At first, the grocery support they provide is what appealed to me most. Even using the food bank, I was worried every month about running out of food for Lukus. Then I got to know my Mom2Mom mentors. They encouraged and supported me, and offered guidance when I felt lost.

My Mom2Mom mentors have shown love, support and guidance as I find my way as a single-mom. They didn’t judge me for my past - they believed in my future.

 Food security continues to be one of the most important needs ofMom2Mom families. Despite using food banks, before joining Mom2Mom, 72% of Participant Moms worried food would run out before they had money to buy more, even while restricting their own food to feed their children. Through your support, this number dropped to 12%!

Food Security

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Lukus is a teenager now and the amount of food he needs to grow is crazy. The grocery support has been an essential part of our lives as it allows me to not skimp on his meals or fill them with processed foods.

The weekly grocery support I continue to receive from Mom2Mom helps me feed my growing teenage boy. It’s a relief to know that I have people on my side that know how hard but important it is to be a mom.

Today I am on my way to completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. One day I look forward to supporting moms like me and helping other people keep their families together. Having Lukus in my life means everything to me.


 

360+

grocery shops were made possible by Mom2Mom donors in 2018.

 

70+

participant moms enrolled in our programs in 2018.

 

 

86%

OF MOMS REPORT AN INCREASE IN POSITIVE BEHAVIORS FROM THEIR CHILDREN SINCE JOINING MOM2MOM.

 

75%

OF MOMS REPORT SEEING AN IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR CHILD’S OUTCOMES AT SCHOOL SINCE JOINING MOM2MOM.

 

With your gift, you can help a mom like Denyse.