My name is Marielle and I am a former participant of the Housing Services of the YWCA Montreal. Has a person like me, bipolar, with a severe personality disorder ever written to you? I assure you, my letter is not sad. Quite the contrary!
I would like to briefly talk to you about the challenges that I’ve faced, particularly in terms of my mental health and my story. My health has never prevented me to live or to grow personally. I received 3 diplomas, of which was a degree in Education, worked in big corporations and chaired a board of directors. Yes, even for a woman like me, with appropriate and continuous medical follow-up, all of that was possible.
In 2000, I was not able to move past a separation. We all have to face challenges, however, for a bipolar with a personality disorder, it is very difficult, even insurmountable. I found myself on the street, looking for help during the day and sleeping at night in shelters for women in difficulties. Unprepared, I sensed death calling me…… Fortunately, my psychiatrist directed me to the YWCA Montreal, its competences and its human warmth. My social workers offered me the greatest tool box and I was able to stay at the residence to put my life in order at my own pace. I’ve found at the YWCA Montreal everything that I needed to help myself, which led me to say: “I’m alright, I can continue on my own.”
Without the security, psychological follow-up and specially the friendship that I found at the YWCA…. I might not have survived. And this is the good news: the generosity of people like you, not only allows to rebuild, but also saves lives!
That is why I am asking you today, as a friend of the Foundation, to make a donation, so as to help more women and girls turn their lives around. The needs are high, hence the importance, of the programs and services offered by the YWCA Montreal, more than ever.
You see, for me, the work of the Women’s Y Foundation comes down to this: friendship! And the donors are its first friends!
Thank you, many thanks in advance for your gift.
Former participant, grateful for life, of the YWCA Montreal