Stories of Hope

The people we serve in our community come from a wide range of backgrounds, and have had unique experiences.

These are some of their stories:

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With the support and help of Community and Family Services, a young woman was able to graduate from University obtaining double degrees with distinction. She was valedictorian of her graduating class.  She was able to enroll in a competitive Teachers College program.”

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“A group of new immigrants from Columbia came to the food bank in the middle of winter.   They had just arrived in Canada and were not accustomed to the cold weather conditions.   They came with whatever little belongings they had save up for while living in their home county. Three of them were sharing one coat between them. The Army gave them coats to protect them against the harsh new climate. They were grateful for their first new possessions after becoming residents of Canada.”

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“A single dad came to our office. He was raising his son as a single parent because his wife had recently committed suicide. We have been able to assist the family with food, and were able to send the son to summer camp.”

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“Five days before Christmas, we were made aware of an apartment building that had to be evacuated due to an electrical fire. We immediately assembled a group of volunteers, and served lunch and supper to the affected families. On Christmas day, many of these families were still unable to get back into their apartments.  We were able to host a Christmas dinner for them at our church building.”

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A young family woke up one morning to the knowledge that their father had abandoned them and emptied their bank account. With nowhere to go, their mother sought out the help of Community and Family Services. They were provided with a nutritious breakfast and moved to a local shelter.

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“A lady and her granddaughter came into our office one day, looking for assistance and hope. The grandmother proceeded to tell us that her son-in-law, the father of her granddaughter, had just committed suicide. They were hoping someone would be able to help them with funeral arrangements, to give the father a proper farewell. A few days later, a meaningful memorial service was held for the family with support from our services.”

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“During the Christmas season one year, we became aware of a community family that needed help. The husband had been involved in a serious car accident, which ended in him losing both of his legs. While he was recovering in hospital, his wife gave birth to a baby boy. To help this new family through these massive changes, we delivered toys and food to them to help make the holidays a little brighter.”

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“During the Christmas season, Hospice of Peel asked our office to help three families. Each of the families had loved ones who had cancer including a little boy that had lost a leg to the illness. We provided toys, gifts for the parents, gift certificates and food for each of these families.”

Here are some testimonials shared with us by recipients of our support services:

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“Coming to the food bank keeps me calm,” says Mohammed. “And the encouragement I get makes me feel I am worthy of much more.”

Mohammed

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“Mississauga Community & Family Services not only have given much needed food and supplies for me and my family, but they have also given support just by simply asking how we're doing. They are wonderful leaders in how an organization should be run for those that are struggling and are less fortunate.”

Anonymous

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“Thank you very much for everything you have given to me. I really enjoyed the games and food you gave me. My parents were also very happy when they saw what you gave us.  The words ‘thank you’ are not enough to show you how thankful I am.”

Anonymous

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“There are not enough words to say thank you so much to the amazing staff and volunteers for the help you have given me over the years! Throughout my times of need, you have gone above and beyond to continuously provide me with all sorts of assistance that go far beyond food and necessities. You are so compassionate, caring, and understanding. Your positive attitudes and words of wisdom have always had a way of making my heart fuller and my day brighter. I think of you very fondly like the family I’d always wished I had, and you all mean more to me than I can say.”

Anonymous

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“Hunger hurts,” says Steven. “I’ve experienced it firsthand.  When food was scarce because both parents worked for low wages, I cried a lot because I was hungry. And you can’t learn when your stomach hurts.”

Steven

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“Their genuine compassion and caring for the public are incomparable, and they take the time to not only get to know you, but to really listen and understand who you are and what you're going through and help seek out avenues for you to assist you, even beyond the food bank. They are truly a blessing to the communities that they serve.”

Anonymous

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“Thank you for all the food you gave me, my daughter, and even my dog. Thank you for the clothes you gave to me. Thank you for all the help you give to my family.”

Anonymous