Taking those First Steps
This morning I met with a caseworker for Ontario Works. Part of me felt like such a failure for having to ask for this help. And I was bracing myself for a humiliating, demeaning experience (my previous experience with this program was NOT a good one). However, today was so different, and I walked out of there feeling like I was actually getting a good start on the help I need.
I was approved for the maximum level of financial support, and while it’s not tons, it does cover my rent every month. I was also given an application for a Renfrew County Housing program, that if I qualify, will see me get a $275/month subsidy for my rent. And, I was also granted access to Arnprior’s Seniors at Home Transport service. Because I don’t drive, and my doctor is out of town, I can use their service to get to my medical appointments. Which means I no longer have to always make sure I have the $40 for the commuter bus.
Being Given some Time
My caseworker was also very understanding of the mental health issues I am currently experiencing. And she graciously granted me a 6 month deferment (as part of the program, I am required to participate in job search activities) so I can focus on me and my mental health, without worrying about the deadlines of finding a job.
As much as I didn’t want to get to this point, I am so grateful for the help. And the compassion I was shown today.