Wendy has been a resident of Bellevue, one of the 13 housing sites operated by Homes First, for over 20 years. She is admired and respected by staff, residents and volunteers for her kindness, determination and for her years of service on the Homes First Board of Directors.
Born in Pickering, Wendy’s mother passed away when she was just sixteen. For years she struggled to find a good home. She eventually fell in with a group of friends from Oshawa. They were a bit of a rough bunch but they were better than no-one. One day they all moved to Toronto.
Wendy knew that things looked grim. She knew she had to get away from the people she was hanging out with and to somewhere safe. But where to go? Eighteen, alone in a big city she went to a payphone and dialed the operator to ask if there was a safe place she could go for a night. They gave her a number of a youth shelter. The shelter told her to call a cab and they would pay for it. Wendy stayed there for three years and then in several group homes before moving into Homes First’s Bellevue.
With the support of Homes First staff, Wendy recently pursued her goal of taking improv classes at Second City. She loves spending time with her friends and is an active volunteer contributing to her community. When her father died, Homes First staff were there for her every step of the way. Wendy feels she has a safe, stable place to live and that through Homes First, she is part of a supportive caring community.