Daisy has always been fiercely independent. After graduating high school, she moved into her own apartment and worked two jobs to save up money for her dream of attending nursing school.
Daisy had successfully gotten out of an abusive relationship and was celebrating at a party one night when a friend offered her meth. She was immediately hooked. She left both her jobs because of substance use and was eventually kicked out of her apartment by her roommate.
Alone on the streets, Daisy turned to sex work to fund her addiction. She was turned away by the street community, robbed, beaten, and chased out of communities. Vulnerable and unsafe, she spent her time dumpster diving, while constantly fearing for her life. She would come to RaY for food and a shower, but not much else. That is when she found out she was pregnant.
Pregnancy was a wake-up call for Daisy. Determined to provide the best possible life for her baby, she connected with the housing team at RaY. The housing team helped her access primary healthcare. She made the decision to get treatment for her meth addiction. After completing treatment, Daisy was accepted into transitional housing at Villa Rosa. She participated in educational programming that would help prepare her for motherhood and give her the skills to care for her baby. She got health and dental check-ups, got her taxes done, and upgraded her Grade 12 math courses.
When it came time to look for permanent housing for herself and baby, Daisy actively participated in the housing search. She took ownership over the search process and, with the help of RaY’s Housing First workers, Daisy found an apartment she could call home.
With the help of Housing First, Daisy has found the independence she has long sought. “Getting started is a very long and hard process that is totally worth it,” she says. “I am glad I’m able to be safe, warm, sober, and happy with my baby.”