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NBACL Changes Lives

This past year we were able to support over 300 families in our family support program -connecting them to information and getting the supports and services they need. This was accomplished through the efforts of our Family Support team.

Thermometer_Progress_fill_week 2We need your help. We are facing a gap of $65,000. Our provincial Family Support Facilitator position is vacant, and we cannot have a new facilitator in place because of this gap. Without the Family Support Facilitator, at least 50 families will not be connected to vital resources and information, they will not be supported to attend meetings, and they will not get the supports and services they desperately need.
“What you did for me and my family, I wish that a million other families could have the same support. We didn’t do it on our own-we needed you, and you were there for us every step of the way.” –Kaye Dixon

Please donate now, so families just like Kaye’s will continue to receive the support they need to live happy, content and secure lives. Together we can change lives and change communities.

Last September when my husband of 23 years decided to leave our family, my world came crashing down around me. I had $50 to my name, and as a stay-at-home mom to three beautiful children, two who have significant care needs, I felt as though I was suffocating. After losing both my parents, and now my husband, I was suddenly a single parent. I was alone, scared, and had no idea how to keep a roof over my children’s heads, or how I would manage to feed them, let alone pay the bills that were quickly piling up. I was desperate and had nowhere to turn, I felt like my family was drowning and we couldn’t breathe. I remembered how helpful you had been when supporting Megan over the years, so I reached out. Immediately your staff went to work, securing a rent supplement and easing my fear of homelessness. You were my lifeboat. You also searched high and low and found the perfect home that would meet the unique and complex needs of my children, with a wonderful landlord, Ellen. We just moved to our new home, which is perfect! I am so grateful that our children are able to stay in their same schools with as little change to their routine as possible. It seems like any time a problem comes my way, your staff seems to always have encouraging words and a creative solution. A few months ago, my 2003 van needed major repairs. Our family relies heavily on our vehicle, as one of my daughters needs to go regularly to the IWK hospital in Halifax due to medical needs. The cost to repair the transmission was overwhelming, and I am so thankful that you eased this burden. No matter what comes my way, how suffocating a situation seems, your support allows me to breathe, and your encouragement helps me to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Each day I am faced with new challenges. In the spring when I got a call from my son’s school notifying me that he was going to be losing his accessible transportation for this school year, I started to feel myself crumble. But then I picked up the phone, and called you, and yet again was reminded that you are always there for me, and that you will make sure my children get what they need. Thank you for keeping me from crumbling. Thanks to NBACL, when school started last month I didn’t have to worry about how Nathan was going to get to school.

We often hear the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Although my words can’t ever fully express my gratitude, I just want to thank you for being my village. I don’t even want to imagine “What if NBACL didn’t exist…” and every day I am so thankful to have you as my life support. Thank you for listening, thank you for helping my family, thank you for being my partner. I am not through the storm yet, but I know that you are all walking through this season of life with me, and that better days are coming our way.

Kaye Dixon

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