Lee first came to Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS) for immigration information, but her timid demeanor led CCS staff to believe she was having trouble at home. Using an interpreter, they asked Lee about her adjustment to life in Canada. Lee explained that she was being physically, psychologically and financially abused by her husband.

Through the Women’s Support Services at CCS Lee was provided information in her native language about how she could leave her abusive relationship and create a safety plan for her children. She was referred to legal services to collect alimony and child support from her former husband, classes to improve her English speaking skills, and Ontario Works for economic support.

Today Lee is safe from abuse, living in subsidized housing and working full time. Her English skills have improved so much, that she no longer needs an interpreter at CCCS appointments. She has even opened a small business, and become more involved in the community. The future is bright for Lee and her children thanks to Catholic Crosscultural Services.

When you give to United Way, you give more than information to women experiencing abuse. You give them the possibility to leave their abusive relationship, and all the supports necessary to begin a new life.