A little assistance can make a big difference along the way

Alishia Topper knows what it’s like to be a hungry student with no place to call home. “Homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, drug abuse,” said Topper, who is also a Vancouver city councilor. “Every barrier a kid might have, I have experienced. It makes me more empathetic.” For a closer look at the challenges Alishia experienced […]

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Stories of Lifeline clients who have successfully reclaimed their lives

Lifeline Connections has been providing services for many decades, supporting individuals and families with mental health, drug, alcohol, adult residential, court, youth, detoxification and sobering programs. People who have had adverse childhood experiences are at greater risk of substance use as teens and adults. Here are some stories of former Lifeline patients who have struggled […]

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Positive, caring adults make a difference

John Deeder’s journey from childhood poverty to professional success as an adult is a great example of how the challenges that shape your early years don’t need to limit you later in life. John was born to 16-year-old parents. His sister was born 10 months later. John’s father found work in a lead smelter in […]

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Heather’s Story

About the time Heather began acquiring language, around age two, her father started making her perform oral sex on him. He’d grab her from behind and take her into the bedroom. Her response to this trauma was to retreat. “As a child, I would often crawl into the closet under the stairs, as far as […]

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