Shanice migrated to Canada in 2010, experiencing a few stumbling blocks along the way which brought her to Furniture Bank as a client.

A single mother with a one-year-old son, Shanice was kicked out of her home and forced to check herself into Birkdale Residence – a women’s shelter.  After securing a new apartment for her and her son to live in, she turned to the Furniture Bank for assistance and was able to get furniture and other household items that helped make an empty apartment a true home that she was proud to live in.

Once her life was stable again, in 2014, Shanice enrolled in college. She chose to become a student in the Social Service Work program at Seneca College, because she wanted to help clients furnish their homes just like Furniture Bank had once done for her. In her own words, “the service I received from Furniture Bank as a client was superb and I am very happy to have completed my school placement here because I was able to assist families just how I was assisted. If Furniture Bank never existed, I would not have been able to furnish my apartment for myself and my son when I was transitioning out of the shelter. Now I am proud to have family and friends over to my home.

The furniture I received meant a lot to me and still does because it helped me get back on my feet during a difficult time in my life. To this day I still use every piece of furniture that I received from the Furniture Bank.”

Courtesy of: Furniture Bank

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