Because of you, Mary has the community resources and connections she needs to raise her grandchild in Salmon Arm.

When they found out that Isaac is coming to the world three years ago, Mary’s daughter was facing various health difficulties that made it hard for her to raise her child by herself. As Isaac’s grandmother, Mary stepped up to help. But navigating the world of parenthood once again proved to be quite a challenge, and put Mary in a state of isolation and distress.

When she was referred by the ministry to the Shuswap Children’s Association, the burden on Mary to raise her grandchild started to ease. Pavlina, the Family Support Worker and Early Years Navigator, helped connect Mary to community resources she needs to raise Isaac – information she would otherwise not know about.

 “Another generation later, and all of a sudden – I am parenting again! We were going through a world where we felt very alone, and she was there for us to connect us to helpful resources for parenting in this world.”

Through United Way’s funding, Pavlina is able to continue checking in on the welfare of the children and their families– reminding them that they are not alone.

“I’m there for the families when they need me… especially in a world of COVID, the support by United Way becomes even more important for us to continue our work.” Pavlina adds.

Mary has not only found support, but had a chance to also give back to the community through Shuswap Children’s Association. Currently, Mary helped start a peer-to-peer support group in the Shuswap region for grandparents raising their grandchildren. She is now also an active board member in Shuswap Children’s Association.

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