Written by Alisa Tracey , Former Eva's youth

You don’t know me. But you and your support for Eva’s are the reasons I’m no longer homeless, thank you!

My name is Alisa, and I shudder to think what my life would be like today without Eva’s…

That’s why I’m running in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 18th. I’m running for my life and for the lives of every homeless youth who turns to Eva’s so they can have the fresh start they need to turn their life around.

Will you please sponsor me with a charitable gift of $50, $75 or $100 to help provide Eva’s youth with safe shelter, food, counselling, job training, education programs and the life skills they need to leave the streets and live productive, independent and healthy lives?

I can tell you first-hand what a life-saving difference you make when you donate to Eva’s.

You see, on a cold day last winter, I and my three younger brothers became homeless. My mother was a single parent struggling with depression. As the eldest child, I worked hard to help her make ends meet but often we had to survive on only one meal a day. My mom tried her best to keep things together, but after a few missed rent payments we were evicted.

It all got to be too much for my mom’s fragile mental health. She suffered a psychotic breakdown and was hospitalized. Our dad took my brothers in but not me! So I stayed at an emergency shelter where it was very chaotic and impossible to study. I eventually dropped out of school…

That’s when I heard about Eva’s Phoenix where I began my healing journey toward a positive and promising future. I finally had a room of my own, people who cared about me and real opportunities for training and education.

I finished the Print Shop training program and found a job at a printing and binding company. And, with the skills and support I got at Eva’s Phoenix, I now live in my own apartment. I recently enrolled in a post-secondary IT Program and am pursuing my dream of working in the communication and technology field.

It’ll only take you a few minutes to go to my fundraising page here to help me raise as much as I can for Eva’s youth. But your generosity will make a life-long difference to the young people who need Eva’s help to build a better, brighter future for themselves.

Thank you again for your crucial support, without you I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Sincerely,

Alisa Tracey
PS: I am running to thank Eva’s for giving me and thousands of other homeless youth a fresh start. Please sponsor me with a gift of $50, $75 or $100 and change a young person’s life right now. Thank you.

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