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Cynthia’s story: Rides that change lives

Without the services of Charlotte Dial A Ride, Cynthia would have lost her vision. Confronted with the vision loss, she needed a way to get to an eye specialist in Saint John for treatments.
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Andrew’s story: Struggling no more

At the young age of 17, Andrew was already out on his own – living in an apartment, attending high school and holding down a job. With a busy life and a huge course load at school, he began to struggle. He worried about his sliding marks – he had a dream to go on to post-secondary education and held the job to save up for it.
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Beth’s story: from darkness to light

As a nurse working in a hospital, it was second nature for Beth to help others. Then, one day, Beth realized she was the one that needed help. Realizing that her drinking had become a serious problem, she walked through the doors of the Sophia Recovery Centre to meet with a peer counsellor.
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Aiden’s story: From chaos to confidence

Aiden was only 15 years old when his life descended into chaos. With a parent caught in the spiral of addiction, they lost their home. With nowhere to live, Aiden drifted and missed a lot of school. Through the Saint John Teen Resource Centre, he got involved in UYES! The Urban Youth Employment/Education Service helped him stabilize his life, coordinating with the school to help him catch up on his studies and create a schedule that made returning to the classroom a realistic goal.
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211: ‘The front door to help’

It is sometimes referred to as “the front door to help.” Free and confidential, 211 is an information and referral service that quickly connects people to critical human, social, community and government support. The service helps them navigate the complex network of government and community programs and services quickly in order to find what they need.
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Kaleb’s story: A new perspective on life

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Trish’s story: Finding a purpose

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Heather’s story: from angry to confident

Heather would often become angry or agitated in stressful situations, like when she had to navigate parental visits for the grandchildren in her custody. Especially so with her grandson, whose father struggled with addiction. She wanted to support a healthy relationship between the two while protecting the boy. And that’s often when she would get angry.
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Heather’s story: soaring to new heights through music 

When the pandemic forced Sistema to move its music program online, it lent Heather a tablet so she could keep up. But it wasn’t long before the teacher noticed Heather would forget what she learned from one lesson to the next.
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