In Morocco, she completed a teaching degree and intended to start a job in education right away. But before she was able to launch her career, Soraya’s husband passed away unexpectedly. Without warning, Soraya became a widow with no job and a two-year-old to care for. Soraya decided to join her extended family in Canada.
During this uncertain time, Soraya leaned on Welcome Hall Mission. Through our doors, she gained access to nutritious food at our Marché Bon Accueil, and found a caring and welcoming community to support her.
Most of all, Soraya appreciates what the Mission did for her family during the holidays. The pair have attended the Noel Pour Tous event every year, and it’s made all the difference for Soraya—who otherwise couldn’t afford Christmas presents for her daughter.
“It’s important to me that my daughter wakes up on Christmas morning with something to look forward to—just like all the other kids,” says Soraya. “I am so grateful for this community of generous people, and for the acceptance, love, and unconditional support we found here.”
Fortunately, Soraya was able to secure a job this past year! She is excited to start her career and is passionate about giving back to the community.
This Christmas, Soraya and her daughter celebrated the holidays together from the comfort of home. In the spirit of the season, they gave their seats at our festive dinner to someone else experiencing poverty.
“I know how it feels to struggle during the holidays,” says Soraya. “But this year I was blessed with a job, so I wanted to give our spot at the Mission’s table to someone who needs help like we once did.”
Your gifts made Soraya’s story of success possible, sparking love and hope on her hardest days. Thank you for making a brighter tomorrow possible for those struggling today.