Laughter is the best medicine; Bridges has given me my smile back.
“Before coming across the Bridges for Women Society, I was feeling increasingly isolated from the world around me and I was desperate to find the help that I needed. After years of suffering and dealing with repressed pain, I had become unrecognizable to myself and struggled to function normally in society.
“To this day, it still feels like a miracle to me that I was able to find them, as it has genuinely been a life-changing experience. The counsellors and facilitators have been such a bright light on my path to recovery and it truly is difficult to even put into words what their help has meant to me.
“Anyone getting just a glimpse of what they do every day, would immediately see that there is so much love, generosity, empathy, care, support and healing taking place... It would warm their heart and make them smile from the inside out!
“Every single time I had an appointment or attended a group meeting, I always felt like I was coming home. An oasis where I felt completely safe, which in turn allowed me to open up... Something I had not been able to do in years. Also, by simply being able to share a space with other women who had gone through similar journeys, made me realize that I was not alone and that there was indeed a light at the end of the tunnel.
“Since completing their program, I have gained more and more confidence, strength and most of all, self-love. With my counsellor’s guidance, I have also been able to enter a self-employment program that is on the way to opening up new career opportunities for me. With all of these changes, I feel like I have finally been brought back to life!
“All that being said, being a part of their program has been one of the most meaningful, touching and empowering experiences of my life. I will forever be grateful to all the women that work with the Bridges for Women Society and who have offered continual support and kindness to me. I thank them, from the bottom of my heart, for helping me to turn my life around and see myself in a brand new light.”
I feel so safe and supported at Bridges that I am expressing goodness I never knew existed in me
"Bridges For Women Society is a life saver for any woman requiring a solid support system to plan and navigate the next chapter in life. When I first came to Bridges, I was lost as to what to do with my life. With the guidance of the CORE program, I found myself again. Through weekly groups, I learned to trust myself. My self-esteem developed and my purpose became more clear. I knew I did not want to continue in the fields I previously worked in but lacked the confidence to follow my dreams. Before graduating in the program I wrote the English assessment for Camosun College admissions, was accepted and signed up to my first post-secondary courses.
"I am proud of my time with Bridges. I currently am going through the Mentorship program, the last component of our journey together. I am sad to see this chapter ending but also empowered and changed going forward. I have been part of different organizations for abused and battered women and Bridges gives exceptional care to detail for women seeking support. Don't hesitate to contact them when you are ready to challenge yourself, let go and move on to the new and improved you! As someone who always seeks out inner peace, Bridges For Women is a great starting point on that road. Hope does exist. We cannot change the past, nor can we control the future. We can, though, pick up the phone and ask for help today."
My faith in humanity and my belief in there being kindness, caring and love in society was finally given a seed of hope.