Moving to a new city is daunting – especially when you’ve never lived in a city before. For Scott, moving to London with no post-secondary education or work history off the farm was challenging, and at times overwhelming.
In London he was living in an apartment filled with black mold and violent situations. Looking for a step forward, Scott learned about Pathways and the Property Management Training courses through his OW worker. At Pathways he found a close knit, supportive and encouraging community, and over a few months everything began to change.
Recently Scott reflected on his experience at Pathways and shared his story:
“Pathways more than changed my life – they helped me discover my life.”
Before coming to Pathways I had never even lived in a city or even on my own as I had just left my family home. When I first started my classes I had no training or education past my grade 12 and no idea what I even wanted to do. I was struggling in my personal life .
At Pathways they not only helped educate me for the job I was interested in, but they made sure I was prepared and had the support team to fall back on if needed. Whether it was regarding work or my personal life, they showed me some of the best tips and hints for not only getting a job but keeping it and being happy while I do it. I will always hold onto how welcome the staff made me feel, how much they cared even though they didn’t personally know me. I learned so much in my short time there, and not just from my teacher.
By the time graduation was rolling around, I had obtained a job and moved into an apartment as part of my job.”
“This world is dark place, if you can’t find the light, stand up and be the light. Shine bright not only for yourself but for others around you. Be not only your own motivation, but the motivation that others need to see. It doesn’t matter how many times this world will knock you down or how hard it will hit you, all that matters is that you get back up and stay strong.”
“Falling is not failure, giving up is failure.”