The Doors Are Open For Everyone
Cheri struggled to admit what she knew was true: she needed help.
After getting laid off, she tried to find a new job, but nothing worked out. The strain of trying to pay bills and afford groceries with no money coming in took its toll. She fell into a depression and didn’t know where to turn.
When Cheri came to the food bank for the first time, her apprehension eased immediately when she walked through the door.
“Accessing the food bank has improved my life,” says Cheri, who grew up in Etobicoke. “It’s taken a lot of stress off.
While coming to the food bank helped put food on Cheri’s table, it led to so much more. She eventually became one of our regular volunteers, who now gives her time at the front desk and in our warehouse.
Speaking from personal experience, she gently encourages people so they can get the food and resources they need to get back on their feet. She says volunteering has put her back in a positive frame of mind, and that she is no longer depressed.
“It’s been fulfilling meeting new friends,” Cheri says.
This season of life also encouraged Cheri to get additional training to help her secure more stable employment. She recently finished her coursework in becoming a medical receptionist and is looking to re-enter the workforce.
Cheri is grateful for the donors of Daily Bread Food Bank for giving her the opportunity to move forward in a positive, supportive environment.
“No one is going to judge you,” she says. “The doors are open for everyone, in every aspect.”