Your care allowed Jaimie to remain with her daughter
Foster care never gave Jaimie the security she desperately needed. Growing up, life was chaotic—moving from home to home was normal, drug use was frequent and incidents with the police were common. Custody of her first child, which she had at the age of 17, was signed over quickly to her foster family. “I tried to grow up too fast,” she says. “And not the proper way of growing up.”
When Jaimie aged out of care her struggle with drugs and alcohol spiralled into an addiction to crystal meth, and she began living in shelters in the Downtown Eastside. Vancouver’s damp weather made survival on the streets particularly unbearable. “I always had wet clothes,” she remembers. “My feet were wet, my shoes were wet. Everything was wet.”
Before giving birth to her daughter last year, Jaimie unsuccessfully attempted to stay sober. But when faced with the reality of losing her child, Jaimie realized she wanted something different for her baby. That’s what The Sanctuary offered: a chance to keep her daughter, and a new life.
“I didn’t think I’d be able to have a normal life before I came to UGM. The Sanctuary showed me that there were people who actually did care, and wanted to see me succeed.”
“Living at The Sanctuary was the first time I took recovery seriously,” she says. With the help of 24/7 care from supportive Sanctuary staff, Jaimie’s confidence grew as she began to learn life, social and parenting skills.
“I didn’t think I’d be able to have a normal life before I came to UGM,” she explains. “The Sanctuary showed me that there were people who actually did care, and wanted to see me succeed.”
Today, Jaimie lives nearby with her adventurous one-year-old, Xiomara, has been reunited with her four-year-old, and is dedicated to creating a bright future for her family. Most importantly, Jaimie was able to give her daughter what her parents weren’t able to give her. “I feel like I’m breaking the cycle of my parents and their parents,” she explains. “I’m hopefully breaking it for my kids. It’s really huge.”