Below you will find various stories from residents of St. Anne’s Place.
Mr. D was a 75 year old gentleman who had returned to Toronto in the late summer of 2002 after living a number of years in British Columbia. It was recommended that he move away from the west coast climate in order to help him with his increasing pain resulting from severe arthritis. Mr. D packed up whatever he could in his car and made the long trip to Toronto. Upon arriving in the city, he found that it was impossible to find adequate, safe and affordable housing and spent 3 months living in his car, while looking for housing. Mr. D was referred to St. Anne’s Place through a community agency. He was extremely frightened at the thought of having to spend the winter months living in his car and very desperate to secure housing. At. St. Anne’s he was able to secure a large studio apartment, with the main meal of the day provided, at an affordable rate. Mr. D was extremely thankful that he had found St. Anne’s and was able to move out of his car the very next day.
Ms. H is an 81 year old Portugese woman who was referred to St. Anne’s through a cross-cultural agency in Peel Region. Ms. H was living in an abusive situation in which she had no control over her finances, was denied the ability to visit with other family members, was isolated from any outside contacts and had to share a bedroom with three teenage grandchildren. Ms. H was desperate to leave her living situation, but feared that she would have no place to go. Through numerous contacts with the social worker and a visit from Ms. H’s son who lives in Portugal, St. Anne’s was able to offer Ms. H her own apartment. On the day that Ms. H left her abusive living situation, there was no one home to say goodbye. However, when she arrived at St. Anne’s, she was met by a group of family members who she had not seen in over two years. When Ms. H was handed the key to her own apartment at St. Anne’s, she wept openly. Today Ms. H spends her days visiting with other family members, or enjoying the company of the other Portugese tenants that live at St. Anne’s. She joins in activities and no longer feels the loneliness and isolation that she once felt.
Mr. F is a 73 year old gentlemen who was referred to St. Anne’s from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Mr. F had been an inpatient at the hospital for the past year, and the staff at the hospital all agreed that Mr. F did not need to be in hospital, but were uncertain of where he could be housed that would offer not only affordability, but the necessary supports that Mr. F required. On two different occasions and at two different long-term care facilities, Mr. F was escorted from the premises after only two weeks due to such disruptive behaviour. Applications made to other long-term care facilities were refused as they felt that they did not have the resources to provide the type of support that Mr. F required. St. Anne’s Place felt that we may be taking a chance, but offered Mr. F a one-bedroom apartment, with supportive housing services. Mr. F moved into St. Anne’s on January 15, 2003 and is still with us – this is the longest period of time that Mr. F has been supported in the community, away from the hospital! At a meeting with hospital staff, they commented that the placement for Mr. F has been a “tremendous success” and praised the St. Anne’s program for their ability to provide a caring and stable home environment.