Finding Hope in a Place Called Home – Ed’s Story

“When my marriage dissolved, I was convinced that I lost everything,” Ed says.

That was in March 2015. Ed was in the hospital and had nowhere to go. His 25-year marriage had come to an end, his relationships with his children broken down, he had to stop working because of physical health problems and he no longer had a home.

At 56, Ed was experiencing homelessness for the first time. He rode the C-Train until it stopped, then spent nights in Tim Horton’s restaurants to keep warm. “It almost broke me,” he says.

Thankfully, Ed decided to get help. At 1:10 p.m. on August 27, 2015 – a day and a time he says he’ll never forget- Ed moved into the 1010 Centre.

Over the past year, Ed has been able to rebuild relationships with his children and is now experiencing the joys of being a grandfather.

He also leads a Walk and Talk group that gives residents an opportunity to share their feelings and develop friendships while getting some fresh air.

“I’m very happy, I’m healthy, I’m safe and secure. This building turned my life around.”

At The Mustard Seed, we help meet the basic needs of shelter, food, clothing and acceptance for men and women experiencing poverty, and work with them to find sustainable housing and employment.