Shane's Mom's Shoes
“If you had walked in these shoes you would have known of the childhood trauma. You would have known of the failure of several marriages, and the loss of the love of your life tragically passing 5 years into your only successful one. You would have known the struggles relating to major depressive disorder, to being manic and bipolar, and what it was like to be an addict of prescription pills to numb all the pain, finally numbing the pain for the last time. If you had walked in these shoes you would have known the amount of love you had for your children, whom you wore in your gold-hearted locket. You would have known how proud you were to be a ‘Mimi’ to four granddaughters, so much so a bracelet was a necessity to let everyone know of that title, and you would have known how valiantly you fought for one of those granddaughters while wearing an orange ribbon as she battled her way through Leukemia and won! If you had walked in these shoes, you would know how deeply you were loved and are missed.”
Street Health is pleased to be part of Twenty/Twenty Arts Weathered photography exhibition. Our thanks to everyone who shared photo memorials of family members and friends who have died from overdose. Your photos are a powerful statement that more must be done to prevent these overdose deaths that are killing an average of 55 Ontarians each week.
Street Health’s Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) is a part of the effort to save lives.
We provide service to those who are experiencing homelessness and stigma in Toronto’s south east region. The Ontario Government eliminated funding for this site in March, 2019. Since that time numerous individuals, family foundation and community groups have been instrumental in maintaining this service. Your donation as part of the Weathered campaign is vital to maintain this site in the coming year.