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Read Mary's story about her experience with homelessness.

In August 2022, at the time of story recording, Mary was living in Middlesex County.  Mary was previously a participants in the motel's emergency shelter program, however her funding has come to an end. Mary decided to remain living in the motel as her and her son had nowhere to go.  This highlights the lack of available housing in the area, leaving people no choice but to pay the high cost of living in a motel.

Mary is sixty-five years old and is currently experiencing homelessness for the first time in her life. Mary is originally from Crediton, Ontario, a small town in South Huron, about a thirty-five-minute drive from Strathroy. Mary lived in Crediton most of her life until she experienced homelessness.

"I had been living with my brother in Crediton but then he put his house up for sale and I had to move. After that, I moved in with my daughter, but that was a toxic situation so I had to just get out of there."

Mary moved to Strathroy to be with her son. He too was experiencing homelessness. Together they were accepted into the emergency shelter motel program in Middlesex County at the end of March 2022.

Experiencing homelessness for the first time, Mary wasn't familiar with available support systems - she didn't even know where to begin. This made it incredibly challenging for her to be able to access all of the resources that could help her and her son through these difficult times.

Mary and her son's biggest struggle has been trying to find an affordable home. With limited affordable housing opportunities in the area, it is incredibly difficult to find a place that she and her son can afford. The wait time for acquiring affordable housing unfortunately can sometimes take years.

"There isn't enough housing. I haven't had any challenges with finding food supports or counselling, but when it comes to finding housing, we are just put on waiting lists. There's nothing we can really do right now. It's pure hell."

Mary expressed that her experience has been grueling but she credits the benefit of having her son to lean on as well as a close friend she has met at the hotel. Mary also expressed gratitude for the supports she has received at the emergency shelter motel program as they have eased some of the weight on her shoulders.

Read Marissa's story about her experience with homelessness.

In August 2022, at the time of the story recording, Marissa was a participant in the emergency shelter motel program in Middlesex County.  Marissa is twenty-four years of age.

This is not the first time in Marissa's life that she has experienced homelessness. The first experience was when she was sixteen years old. She was living in Cochrane, a town in northeastern Ontario about an hour drive from Timmins.

Marissa had aspirations to be an actress. She wanted to go to art school but the school in her small town did not offer opportunities for her to pursue her dream. She had applied to some colleges for acting and was getting ready for student life.

"I had everything ready for an apartment, dishes and everything. Because every paycheck that I made working at Tim Hortons, I would go and buy stuff for an apartment when I would leave for college. So, eventually when I left, I would have everything and I wouldn't have to buy anything when I go to move out."

Marissa shares that her mother was struggling with severe mental health issues. Growing up, Marissa adds that she did not get along well with her younger brother which frustrated her mother. Marissa explains that one day her mother told her she was going to take her to a student residence in Sudbury, about a five-hour drive away from their home in Cochrane. She thinks she is going there to finish Grade 12 then return home. It was only after Marissa's mother dropped her off that she realized she was left at a homeless shelter. Marissa had nothing but a small suitcase and now was facing the harsh realities of homelessness.

"My mom basically dropped me off like a baby in a box with only a note. I was in complete shock when I found out. Once she dropped me off, she was gone. As soon as my mom got home, she packed up our house, sold everything and moved. Clearly she didn't want me going back home, and she definitely didn't tell me where she went."

Marissa lived in this shelter for around nine months. Being a child, Marissa was not able to apply to Ontario Works on her own. She needed a guarantor. The shelter staff had not faced this situation before but supported Marissa in applying for Ontario Works by acting as a guarantor.

From here, the shelter staff helped Marissa find an apartment. She stayed in this apartment for a year and a half. Being only sixteen-years old and living on her own, it was a huge adjustment for Marissa. After school each day, she would work an eight-hour shift at the local McDonald's. After a long bus ride, she would arrive home at 2 a.m. and then wake up the next day for school.

“Eventually I got burnt out and I stopped going to work because I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t pay my bills anymore – they had me paying rent, heat, hydro, water tank rental, and content insurance – all while being sixteen. I had no idea what I was doing.”

Marissa lived in a few apartments but each time left because of concerns she had with her landlords and poor living conditions.

"I was telling my friend about how my landlord wouldn't fix things and how my apartment had bed bugs. He invited me to move into his home that had a one bedroom basement apartment. He said I could pay the same rent and use the Wi-Fi."

Things seemed to be turning around for Marissa. She was pregnant and felt thankful for her living conditions. Her friend was also a great help to her, supporting her and her fiancé in getting to medical appointments. Until one day her friend unexpectedly passed away. Marissa soon finds out that her friend's ex-girlfriend had her name on the home as well and the house came into her possession. Marissa was served a no-fault eviction notice. This was a week after giving birth.

A friend offered some shelter in his home in Albin, a small town near Parry Sound.

"It's right off the highway, where there's nothing around, no stores nearby to get to. After arriving, we find out that the water wasn't drinkable. My fiancé had to quit his job because of the move, which meant we had no money to buy clean water. So, for a time we had to drink the tap water and we all got horribly sick with a bacterial infection. Even after my fiancé was able to get a job, it was still a forty-five minute drive to get clean water."

Soon after settling into Albin, Marissa began to struggle with post-partum depression due to the seclusion and isolation of her town.

"My fiancé worked all day and I had no one to talk to. I was very sad."

Suddenly, Marissa was facing homelessness once again. Her friend lost her home and she needed to relocate. Marissa frantically called around to everyone she knew, and the only person willing to take her, her fiancé, and newborn in was her uncle in Strathroy.

"My uncle allowed us to stay at his place for about two months until he realized that the children's aid would be meeting with them at his house every week. Unfortunately, this did not fly well with him, and he decided to kick us out."

Marissa, her fiancé, and their newborn child were accepted into the emergency shelter motel program in Middlesex County in July 2022.

Marissa is a Personal Support Worker on maternity leave and her fiancé is working a three-year contract position in the area. For Marissa, finding an affordable rental or home has not been hindered by lack of income - it is the credit checks that are used to determine suitability.

"When I first experienced homelessness, I racked up a lot of debt. I was a sixteen-year old with a credit card. I didn't know how to responsibly use it. Now my credit isn't good."

Marissa was asked what she would like people to know about homelessness and what she hopes will change as a result of others hearing her story.

"I want to say that homelessness isn't dirty or gross, and we're not disgusting. People from anywhere and any financial status can become homeless in a heartbeat. I want people to know it is not just drug addicts and drunk people. Life goes up and down, it's crazy sometimes, and you just can't always control what happens. I couldn't control my mother kicking me out; there's nothing I can do about that now. I'm just trying to find somewhere for me and my child to live."

Read Greg's story of his experience with homelessness.

In August 2022, at the time of the story recording, Greg was living in a motel in Middlesex County for around seven months. Greg was previously a participant in the motel's emergency shelter program; however, his funding came to an end. Greg decided to remain living in the motel as he and his family had nowhere else to go. This highlights the lack of available housing in the area, leaving people with no choice but to pay the high cost of living in a motel.

In March of 2021, Greg was scheduled for a virtual hearing with his landlord. However, Greg was not made aware of the fact that the hearing was scheduled virtually. He thought it was in-person. This unfortunately resulted in Greg missing the hearing and his opportunity to present evidence in support of his case.

"On June 7th in 2021, I was given an eviction notice. Since then, I have been living on the streets with my daughter, and my four grandkids, who are 3, 4, 7, and 9."

After Greg was evicted from his rental in Strathroy, he and his family lived on the side of the Thames river in tents for two months. But Greg knew this couldn't be a permanent living situation in the winter months. A friend of Greg's offered him an old trailer to use.

"I knew winter was coming and wanted something more closed up for the children."

Greg did some work on the trailer, added a portable heater and laid a tarp over the top for extra warmth for his family during the winter. He also added a fence so that his grandchildren could have a safe place to play outside of the trailer. He was fortunate to have the knowledge and skills to modify the trailer to support all-season living conditions.

A house trailer, with several tarps snuggly attached, sitting in a snowy field.

"The reserve we were living on told us we needed to leave. I was able to get us into a motel in Chatham, but we were only able to live there for a week and a half. That was when we moved back to Strathroy and into this motel."

It is challenging to experience homelessness as a single individual, but Greg's situation is even more complicated - he has his daughter and his four grandchildren to support. This increases his overall expenses and makes it more difficult to find a rental that can support a family of this size. The other major challenge that Greg has faced is that his social assistance payment has not increased over the years. Inflation has increased the price of groceries, rent, gas, and more.

Greg has also had to deal with added expenses related to moving into the motel. For example, he is paying for a storage locker where most of his furniture is being stored. Also, as Greg is not a resident of Strathroy, he has to pay for a mailbox at the post office in order to receive his mail. Experiencing homelessness can be expensive. It can be very challenging to save money to afford a rental - continuing the cycle of poverty.

Greg cares deeply for his grandchildren and their struggles with homelessness adds an incredible amount of pressure on him as he wants to care for them as best he can.

"My experience has mostly been looking after the kids and making sure they are fed and have everything they need. I've tried to get them into school but they can't go to school unless they're collecting taxes from where you are residing - which they are not. Trying to do school online has also been a struggle because it's hard to have Wi-Fi when you're homeless."

Even though Greg is Indigenous and has a status card, he cannot access the local supports because they are not within his band. His own band lost their land some time ago. He feels supports for individuals experiencing homelessness are lacking.

"I haven't heard anything from (affordable) housing and I've been on it for seven years now. I've been on emergency housing for a year-and-a-half but I still haven't heard anything, which is frustrating. To make matters worse, most of the temporary (affordable) housing situations here are only for two or three months. It wouldn't make sense for me to take all of my stuff out of a storage unit that I have a good deal on. It's not cheap being homeless, everyone thinks we can just walk away from stuff, but you can't when you have responsibilities."

When asked about what he hopes will change as the result of sharing his story, Greg replied:

"I hope the government stops avoiding the issue of homelessness and actually does something about it. We cannot afford down payments on houses, let alone rent. They need to find a solution."

Greg's most important goal throughout all of this experience has been keeping the family together. When asked what he thought has helped him get through it all, this was Greg's response:

"My grandkids are my rock. After I came to Strathroy, I ended up in the hospital in a five-day coma. The only thing that kept me going was my grandkidsand that I have them to come back to. That's about everything to me."

Read Allison's story about her experience with homelessness.

In August 2022, at the time of the story recording, Allison was a participant in the emergency shelter motel program in Middlesex County. Allison is twenty-five years of age.

Allison experienced homelessness on and off as a youth, beginning at the age of fifteen-years old. Allison shares that the major contributor to her experiencing homelessness was the abuse she faced by her family.

"I wish that when I was younger I could've gotten into housing or had counselling support for the abuse that I went through. I think I'd probably be doing a lot better right now if I'd had those things. Since I couldn't get out of the abuse safely, it literally led to me being homeless."

As a youth, Allison was living in Lambton County. When asked about what it was like accessing resources for youth experiencing homelessness, Allison replied:

"It was difficult to get Ontario Works and it was difficult to get a place to live."

Unfortunately, for many youth, especially between the ages of sixteen to eighteen, it is even more of a struggle being homeless. For Allison, she was 'too old' to access Children's Aid Society services as the majority of their supportive services only go up to sixteen years of age. She was 'too young' to access adult services for people facing abuse or violence as the majority of these supportive services start at eighteen years of age. If a youth is under eighteen years of age, when applying for Ontario Works, they need to meet a number of additional requirements in order to qualify, which includes having a trustee attached to the file.

This can be a barrier for youth under eighteen years of age, limiting a source of funding for food, shelter, and other essential needs. As well, accessing emergency food services can be a challenge.

"For kids who are homeless but still going to school, a lot of the time, soup kitchens or food banks are only open during school hours. So, you could only go on the weekends."

Due to the additional requirements and difficulty securing a trustee to be eligible for Ontario Works, many youth are placed in a position where they need to return to unsafe living conditions as they are unable to secure financial supports. For Allison, this unfortunately was the situation she faced.

"I would be at the shelter for a few weeks, and then I would have to sofa surf. Eventually though, I had to go back to my family because I couldn't get any of the benefits back then."

At age 19, Allison attended college for business and general arts. But after college, Allison was once again experiencing homelessness.

"I ended up going back to the same people who abused me because I was used to it as a younger person, used to being forced to go back... it had become a habit."

Allison shares that after a night facing abuse at home, she left and made her way to Middlesex County and was accepted into the emergency shelter motel program.

"It hasn't been that bad, at least I have an actual shelter here at the motel. It's not like being so homeless that I'm staying under a flight of stairs somewhere and having to go to Walmart to get water from a water bottle. Or even living off of just beef jerky which is not fun. You only get one package of jerky and you have to make that last for a week, so you really only get one or two pieces a day."

Allison credits the friendships she has made over the years for helping her experience more manageable. She also recognizes that her work researching and understanding what resources and supports are available in the area, helped her survive her experience.

When Allison was asked what she wants people to understand about homelessness, this was her response:

"The state of homelessness has been a problem for years and it has gotten progressively worse with the pandemic, like people have lost their businesses, people have lost their jobs, and sometimes they cannot get back into that industry."

Allison adds:

"Being homeless affects everyone; it's very diverse. You can have people who had a business become homeless, you can have doctors or veterinarians; it's not just bums and it's not just drug addicts. There are people who through no fault of their own, have become homeless. I want people to understand that it's not all about being lazy or not trying, it's the fact that sometimes people have bumps in the road and it's hard to recover from them."

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Sat, Feb 11, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Parkhill
Learn a different style of art while creating your very own masterpiece to take home!

Mon, Feb 13, 9:00am - 11:00am
Lucan
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Mon, Feb 13, 9:00am - 11:00am
Glencoe
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Mon, Feb 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Komoka
Join us every Monday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Mon, Feb 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
Melbourne
S.T.E.A.M. play inspired by songs, rhymes and stories about hearts! This interactive storytime invites little scientists to explore fun, hands-on science experiments.

Mon, Feb 13, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Komoka
Drop-in every Monday for cards, games, conversation and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome!

Mon, Feb 13, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Glencoe
Drop in to the library to tour all of the great things in our Maker Space and Studio! Or get a tutorial on a specific device.

Mon, Feb 13, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lucan
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Mon, Feb 13, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Glencoe
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Mon, Feb 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Mon, Feb 13, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Dorchester - Dorchester Program Room
Introduction to DnD and other tabletop RPGs, testing out all aspects of play. Meetings once a month, beginners and veterans of the game welcome.

Mon, Feb 13, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Delaware
Families can create a fun Valentine's inspired craft.

Tue, Feb 14, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ilderton
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Tue, Feb 14, 9:00am - 11:00am
Komoka
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Tue, Feb 14, 9:00am - 11:00am
Strathroy
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Tue, Feb 14, 10:00am - 11:00am
Coldstream
Join Leslie-Anne for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome

Tue, Feb 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Thorndale
Join staff for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun! All are welcome.

Tue, Feb 14, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ilderton
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Tue, Feb 14, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Strathroy
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Tue, Feb 14, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Dorchester
Join us each month to learn various arts and crafts skills. No cost.

Tue, Feb 14, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Glencoe
Get training with our Glowforge! Two time slots are available: 1:30pm and 2:15pm. Please call 519-287-2735 or email glencoe_staff@middlesex.ca to register.

Tue, Feb 14, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Komoka
A gathering of painters; bring a current project to work on, discuss techniques and share tips with other local artists & hobbyists.

Tue, Feb 14, 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Mt. Brydges
Drop in to meet friends for healthy snacks, crafts, fun and games!

Tue, Feb 14, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Parkhill
Back to school means the return of Afterschool Club! Join us for different games, crafts, and activities. FUN is guaranteed!

Tue, Feb 14, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Parkhill
Engage your imagination, creativity, and ingenuity in a role-playing game. No previous experience is required, and all materials are provided. Questions? Ask staff! Beginner friendly, ages 12+

Tue, Feb 14, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Coldstream
Coldstream Evening Bookclub meets the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month October 2022 to June 2023

Wed, Feb 15, 9:00am - 11:00am
Dorchester
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Wed, Feb 15, 9:00am - 11:00am
Komoka
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Wed, Feb 15, 9:00am - 11:00am
Parkhill
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Wed, Feb 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lucan - Lucan Program Room
Movies buffs, unite! Join us on the 3rd Wednesday of the month for a feature film in the program room. Movies may contain mature content.

Wed, Feb 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Komoka
Drop-in on Wednesday afternoon with your needle project to meet and chat with other knitters & crocheters.

Wed, Feb 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dorchester
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Wed, Feb 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Wed, Feb 15, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Wed, Feb 15, 2:15pm - 5:00pm
Ilderton
Questions about Ancestry Library Edition? Book an 1-on-1 session with library staff. 4 half-hour sessions available: 2:15, 3:00, 3:45, & 4:30. To register contact the Ilderton Library at 519-666-1599.

Wed, Feb 15, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dorchester
Drop-in to join us for a different activity each week. Grades 5-10. Excludes March Break.

Wed, Feb 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Parkhill
Back to school means the return of Afterschool Club! Join us for different games, crafts, and activities. FUN is guaranteed!

Wed, Feb 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Glencoe
Join us Wednesdays after school for snacks and all kinds of activities -- games, crafts, challenges, movie screenings and more!

Wed, Feb 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Thorndale
Drop by after school on Wednesdays to spend time with friends, play games, and make crafts!

Wed, Feb 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Strathroy
Our circle offers patrons of all abilities a chance to meet, knit and crochet in a social setting. Come along with your current project. This is not a tutorial.

Wed, Feb 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Komoka
Bring a little light into your life with a wine bottle luminary craft. We will use dot art to decorate the bottles. All supplies are provided.
This event is full

Wed, Feb 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Coldstream
Join us to create something "stellular": a night sky themed origami artwork! We'll be following along with paperfolding videos from Creativebug.

Thu, Feb 16, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ilderton
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Thu, Feb 16, 9:00am - 11:00am
Strathroy
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Thu, Feb 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dorchester
Join Miss Laura every Thursday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Thu, Feb 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Ailsa Craig
Join staff for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun! All are welcome.

Thu, Feb 16, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Virtual Program
Free virtual program for families with children 0-12 months old. Registration required.

Thu, Feb 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Thu, Feb 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Glencoe
Drop in to see what your fellow crafters are creating. Ask us about the current community project.

Thu, Feb 16, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Melbourne
Bring your own fiber arts project (knitting, crochet, etc.) and join a group of crafters for a casual meet up! Share patterns, ideas, lessons and conversation! All skill levels are welcome!

Thu, Feb 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Parkhill
Back to school means the return of Afterschool Club! Join us for different games, crafts, and activities. FUN is guaranteed!

Thu, Feb 16, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Komoka
Drop into the Komoka Library to complete our weekly Lego challenge!

Thu, Feb 16, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Ilderton
Hey Tweens! Drop into the Ilderton Library and enjoy crafting and activities after school.

Thu, Feb 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Thorndale
Join Whitney once a month at the Library for a Tween's (ages 8-12) book club. Bring a book, or read one that we selected.

Thu, Feb 16, 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Glencoe
Get training with our Glowforge! Two time slots are available: 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Please call 519-287-2735 or email glencoe_staff@middlesex.ca to register.

Thu, Feb 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Glencoe
Are you trying to learn a new computer skill, or looking for help with a new device? Join us for small group and 1-on-1 assistance on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6pm.

Thu, Feb 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mt. Brydges
Bring a little light into your life with a wine bottle luminary craft. We will use dot art to decorate the bottles. All supplies provided. Crafts are geared to adults with advanced beginner skills.

Thu, Feb 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Parkhill
A monthly book club, reading titles drawn from Middlesex County Library book club bags; a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.

Fri, Feb 17, 9:00am - 11:00am
Thorndale
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Fri, Feb 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Ilderton
Join Miss Ellyn on Fridays for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Mt. Brydges
Join Dallas every Friday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lucan - Lucan Program Room
Join Kristyn every Friday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Glencoe
Join Tammy at our family storytime for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome!

Fri, Feb 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Melbourne
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Parkhill
Join Marilyn and Krista every Friday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Strathroy
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 17, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Thorndale
Receive 1-on-1 technology help from a library staff member. To register contact the Thorndale Library at 519-461-1150 or thorndale_staff@middlesex.ca. Please tell us your question when registering.

Fri, Feb 17, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mt. Brydges
Drop in to the library to calm your mind; we will have a quiet activity prepared which could include colouring pages, puzzles or simple crafts. For all ages and abilities.

Fri, Feb 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Sat, Feb 18, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Thorndale
Drop in on the third Saturday of each month and get creative with Lego!

Sat, Feb 18, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Glencoe
Get training with our Glowforge! Two time slots available: 12:00pm or 12:45pm. Please call 519-287-2735 or email glencoe_staff@middlesex.ca to register.

Mon, Feb 20, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Lucan
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Mon, Feb 20, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Glencoe
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Mon, Feb 20, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Strathroy
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Mon, Feb 20, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Strathroy
Free programs for families with children 0-6 years old.

Mon, Feb 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Komoka
Join us every Monday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Mon, Feb 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Glencoe
Families of all shapes and sizes are invited to join us for a special Family Day storytime. Families will be entered to win a prize. Everyone is welcome!

Mon, Feb 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Glencoe
Celebrate Family Day with us and get a memorable family picture taken with our green screen. Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

Mon, Feb 20, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Komoka
Join us to make a glittery and fun sensory shaker. 1 registration required per family; an adult must attend.

Mon, Feb 20, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Komoka
Drop-in every Monday for cards, games, conversation and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome!

Mon, Feb 20, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Glencoe
Drop in to the library to tour all of the great things in our Maker Space and Studio! Or get a tutorial on a specific device.

Mon, Feb 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Tue, Feb 21, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ilderton
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Tue, Feb 21, 9:00am - 11:00am
Komoka
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Tue, Feb 21, 9:00am - 11:00am
Strathroy
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Tue, Feb 21, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Ilderton
Enjoy a display on local history from the Middlesex Centre Archives during open hours. A representative from the Archives will be available to answer questions on Wed, Feb 22 from 6:30-7:45pm.

Tue, Feb 21, 10:00am - 11:00am
Coldstream
Join Leslie-Anne for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome

Tue, Feb 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Thorndale
Join staff for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun! All are welcome.

Tue, Feb 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ilderton
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Tue, Feb 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Strathroy
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Tue, Feb 21, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Glencoe
Get training with our Glowforge! Two time slots are available: 1:30pm and 2:15pm. Please call 519-287-2735 or email glencoe_staff@middlesex.ca to register.

Tue, Feb 21, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dorchester
Drop in on the afternoon of the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month with your needle project to meet and chat with other knitters and crocheters. All skill levels welcome.

Tue, Feb 21, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Komoka
A gathering of painters; bring a current project to work on, discuss techniques and share tips with other local artists & hobbyists.

Tue, Feb 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Parkhill
Back to school means the return of Afterschool Club! Join us for different games, crafts, and activities. FUN is guaranteed!

Tue, Feb 21, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Komoka
School aged children are invited to come get crafty on the third Tuesday of every month!

Tue, Feb 21, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Parkhill
Engage your imagination, creativity, and ingenuity in a role-playing game. No previous experience is required, and all materials are provided. Questions? Ask staff! Beginner friendly, ages 12+

Tue, Feb 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ailsa Craig
Join us to discuss the chosen title for this month. Books are available while supplies last. See staff for more info!

Wed, Feb 22, 9:00am - 11:00am
Dorchester
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Wed, Feb 22, 9:00am - 11:00am
Komoka
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Wed, Feb 22, 9:00am - 11:00am
Parkhill
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Wed, Feb 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Komoka
Drop-in on Wednesday afternoon with your needle project to meet and chat with other knitters & crocheters.

Wed, Feb 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dorchester
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Wed, Feb 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Wed, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lucan - Lucan Program Room
Join us in the program room on the 4th Wednesday of each month for a new featured guest. Topics will be geared toward mature adults.

Wed, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Ilderton
Enjoy a display on local history from the Middlesex Centre Archives during open hours. A representative from the Archives will be available to answer questions on Wed, Feb 22 from 6:30-7:45pm.

Wed, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Wed, Feb 22, 2:15pm - 5:00pm
Ilderton
Questions about Ancestry Library Edition? Book an 1-on-1 session with library staff. 4 half-hour sessions available: 2:15, 3:00, 3:45, & 4:30. To register contact the Ilderton Library at 519-666-1599.

Wed, Feb 22, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dorchester
Drop-in to join us for a different activity each week. Grades 5-10. Excludes March Break.

Wed, Feb 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Parkhill
Back to school means the return of Afterschool Club! Join us for different games, crafts, and activities. FUN is guaranteed!

Wed, Feb 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Glencoe
Join us Wednesdays after school for snacks and all kinds of activities -- games, crafts, challenges, movie screenings and more!

Wed, Feb 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Thorndale
Drop by after school on Wednesdays to spend time with friends, play games, and make crafts!

Wed, Feb 22, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Strathroy
Our circle offers patrons of all abilities a chance to meet, knit and crochet in a social setting. Come along with your current project. This is not a tutorial.

Wed, Feb 22, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Parkhill
Join us on the last Wednesday of each month for an hour of bingo fun. All are welcome!

Wed, Feb 22, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Glencoe
Join us to discuss 'Still Life with Bread Crumbs' by Anna Quindlen. Everyone welcome! Ask staff for a copy of this month's selection.

Wed, Feb 22, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Ilderton
A representative from the Middlesex Centre Archives will be available Wed, Feb 22 from 6:30-7:45pm to answer questions on their local history display. Enjoy the display all week during open hours.

Thu, Feb 23, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ilderton
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Thu, Feb 23, 9:00am - 11:00am
Strathroy
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Thu, Feb 23, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ilderton
Enjoy a display on local history from the Middlesex Centre Archives during open hours. A representative from the Archives will be available to answer questions on Wed, Feb 22 from 6:30-7:45pm.

Thu, Feb 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dorchester
Join Miss Laura every Thursday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Thu, Feb 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Ailsa Craig
Join staff for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun! All are welcome.

Thu, Feb 23, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Virtual Program
Free virtual program for families with children 0-12 months old. Registration required.

Thu, Feb 23, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Dorchester
Join us to discuss great books with other members of the community. New members welcome.

Thu, Feb 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Thu, Feb 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Glencoe
Drop in to see what your fellow crafters are creating. Ask us about the current community project.

Thu, Feb 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Parkhill
Back to school means the return of Afterschool Club! Join us for different games, crafts, and activities. FUN is guaranteed!

Thu, Feb 23, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Komoka
Drop into the Komoka Library to complete our weekly Lego challenge!

Thu, Feb 23, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mt. Brydges
Start the day off right with a yummy smoothie bowl! Learn how to incorporate fruits and proteins for a satisfying, delicious breakfast. Allergy caution: nuts and dairy included.

Thu, Feb 23, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Ilderton
Hey Tweens! Drop into the Ilderton Library and enjoy crafting and activities after school.

Thu, Feb 23, 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Glencoe
Get training with our Glowforge! Two time slots are available: 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Please call 519-287-2735 or email glencoe_staff@middlesex.ca to register.

Thu, Feb 23, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Parkhill
A library staff member will guide participants in learning the basics of using our branch machine. Choose one of the three offered dates. Participants will make a small item to keep.

Thu, Feb 23, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Thorndale
Come stitch and chat with us! Materials provided by the library. Beginner friendly! .

Thu, Feb 23, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Newbury
It's pajama storytime at the Newbury Library! Wear your pajamas to the library. We will supply the bedtime stories, songs and fun!

Thu, Feb 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Melbourne
Do you like cozy mysteries and crafts? Clue into this reading group where we will discuss a mystery and make a craft that relates to the book.

Fri, Feb 24, 9:00am - 11:00am
Thorndale
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Fri, Feb 24, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Ilderton
Enjoy a display on local history from the Middlesex Centre Archives during open hours. A representative from the Archives will be available to answer questions on Wed, Feb 22 from 6:30-7:45pm.

Fri, Feb 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Ilderton
Join Miss Ellyn on Fridays for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Mt. Brydges
Join Dallas every Friday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lucan - Lucan Program Room
Join Kristyn every Friday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Glencoe
Join Tammy at our family storytime for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome!

Fri, Feb 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Melbourne
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Parkhill
Join Marilyn and Krista every Friday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Canceled
Fri, Feb 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Strathroy
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 24, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Thorndale
Receive 1-on-1 technology help from a library staff member. To register contact the Thorndale Library at 519-461-1150 or thorndale_staff@middlesex.ca. Please tell us your question when registering.

Fri, Feb 24, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mt. Brydges
Drop in to the library to calm your mind; we will have a quiet activity prepared which could include colouring pages, puzzles or simple crafts. For all ages and abilities.

Fri, Feb 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Sat, Feb 25, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Glencoe
Get training with our Glowforge! Two time slots available: 12:00pm or 12:45pm. Please call 519-287-2735 or email glencoe_staff@middlesex.ca to register.

Sat, Feb 25, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Parkhill
Learn a different style of art while creating your very own masterpiece to take home!

Mon, Feb 27, 9:00am - 11:00am
Lucan
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Mon, Feb 27, 9:00am - 11:00am
Glencoe
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Mon, Feb 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Komoka
Join us every Monday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Mon, Feb 27, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Komoka
Drop-in every Monday for cards, games, conversation and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome!

Mon, Feb 27, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Glencoe
Drop in to the library to tour all of the great things in our Maker Space and Studio! Or get a tutorial on a specific device.

Mon, Feb 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lucan
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Mon, Feb 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Glencoe
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Mon, Feb 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Tue, Feb 28, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ilderton
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Tue, Feb 28, 9:00am - 11:00am
Komoka
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Tue, Feb 28, 9:00am - 11:00am
Strathroy
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-6 years old.

Tue, Feb 28, 10:00am - 11:00am
Coldstream
Join Leslie-Anne for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome

Tue, Feb 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Thorndale
Join staff for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun! All are welcome.

Tue, Feb 28, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mt. Brydges
Join us at the library to enjoy a movie with friends. Something different each month!

Tue, Feb 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ilderton
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Tue, Feb 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Strathroy
Free drop-in program for families with children 0-12 months old.

Tue, Feb 28, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Glencoe
Get training with our Glowforge! Two time slots are available: 1:30pm and 2:15pm. Please call 519-287-2735 or email glencoe_staff@middlesex.ca to register.

Tue, Feb 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Komoka
A gathering of painters; bring a current project to work on, discuss techniques and share tips with other local artists & hobbyists.

Tue, Feb 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Parkhill
Back to school means the return of Afterschool Club! Join us for different games, crafts, and activities. FUN is guaranteed!

Tue, Feb 28, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Parkhill
Engage your imagination, creativity, and ingenuity in a role-playing game. No previous experience is required, and all materials are provided. Questions? Ask staff! Beginner friendly, ages 12+

Wed, Mar 01, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Parkhill
Join us for a lively discussion of this months selected mystery. Space is limited, please inquire with staff for more information!

Wed, Mar 01, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Komoka
Drop-in on Wednesday afternoon with your needle project to meet and chat with other knitters & crocheters.

Wed, Mar 01, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lucan - Lucan Program Room
Join us on the 1st Wednesday of the month to learn new crafting skills and create a new work of art. Open to adults aged 18 and up. Spaces are limited; please reserve your spot.

Wed, Mar 01, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Wed, Mar 01, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dorchester
Drop-in to join us for a different activity each week. Grades 5-10. Excludes March Break.

Wed, Mar 01, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Parkhill
Back to school means the return of Afterschool Club! Join us for different games, crafts, and activities. FUN is guaranteed!

Wed, Mar 01, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Glencoe
Join us Wednesdays after school for snacks and all kinds of activities -- games, crafts, challenges, movie screenings and more!

Wed, Mar 01, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Thorndale
Drop by after school on Wednesdays to spend time with friends, play games, and make crafts!

Wed, Mar 01, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Parkhill
Mortgage Agents Angela Roberts and Jessica Roberts will explain mortgages and mortgage options in this easy-to-understand seminar.

Wed, Mar 01, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Strathroy
Our circle offers patrons of all abilities a chance to meet, knit and crochet in a social setting. Come along with your current project. This is not a tutorial.

Wed, Mar 01, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ilderton
Come to the Ilderton Library and enjoy a lively discussion on selected books from the Middlesex County Library Collection. Everyone welcome, ask staff for current book.

Thu, Mar 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Ailsa Craig
Join staff for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun! All are welcome.

Thu, Mar 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Thu, Mar 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Glencoe
Drop in to see what your fellow crafters are creating. Ask us about the current community project.

Thu, Mar 02, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Parkhill
Back to school means the return of Afterschool Club! Join us for different games, crafts, and activities. FUN is guaranteed!

Thu, Mar 02, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Ilderton
Hey tweens! Drop in to the Ilderton Library and enjoy crafting and activities after school.

Thu, Mar 02, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Komoka
Drop into the Komoka Library to complete our weekly Lego challenge!

Thu, Mar 02, 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Glencoe
Get training with our Glowforge! Two time slots are available: 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Please call 519-287-2735 or email glencoe_staff@middlesex.ca to register.

Thu, Mar 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Glencoe
Are you trying to learn a new computer skill, or looking for help with a new device? Join us for small group and 1-on-1 assistance on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6pm.

Thu, Mar 02, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Mt. Brydges
Join us to discuss our book club title of the month. Meet some new friends and see some old ones too! Ask staff for the current selection.

Fri, Mar 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Ilderton
Join Miss Ellyn on Fridays for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Mar 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Mt. Brydges
Join Dallas every Friday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Mar 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lucan - Lucan Program Room
Join Kristyn every Friday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Mar 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Glencoe
Join Tammy at our family storytime for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome!

Fri, Mar 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Melbourne
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Mar 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Parkhill
Join Marilyn and Krista every Friday for stories, songs, rhymes and fun! All are welcome.

Fri, Mar 03, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Thorndale
Receive 1-on-1 technology help from a library staff member. To register contact the Thorndale Library at 519-461-1150 or thorndale_staff@middlesex.ca. Please tell us your question when registering.

Fri, Mar 03, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mt. Brydges
Drop in to the library to calm your mind; we will have a quiet activity prepared which could include colouring pages, puzzles or simple crafts. For all ages and abilities.

Fri, Mar 03, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Parkhill
Book a half-hour session with staff to learn about your a new device or computer skill. Registration is required, contact the Parkhill Library at 519-294-6583 for available appointments.

Sat, Mar 04, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ilderton
Need something to read during your trip? Drop in to the Library to purchase a Paper Back Book.

Sat, Mar 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Ilderton
Come join Ms. Ellyn at Ilderton Library for stories, songs and a craft!
Registration opens Tuesday, February 14 2023 at 9:00am

Sat, Mar 04, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Glencoe
Get training with our Glowforge! Two time slots available: 12:00pm or 12:45pm. Please call 519-287-2735 or email glencoe_staff@middlesex.ca to register.

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Read Greg's story of his experience with homelessness.


In March of 2021, Greg was scheduled for a virtual hearing with his landlord. However, Greg was not made aware of the fact that the hearing was scheduled virtually. He thought it was in-person. This unfortunately resulted in Greg missing the hearing and his opportunity to present evidence in support of his case.

"On June 7th in 2021, I was given an eviction notice. Since then, I have been living on the streets with my daughter, and my four grandkids, who are 3, 4, 7, and 9."

After Greg was evicted from his rental in Strathroy, he and his family lived on the side of the Thames river in tents for two months. But Greg knew this couldn't be a permanent living situation in the winter months. A friend of Greg's offered him an old trailer to use.

"I knew winter was coming and wanted something more closed up for the children."

Greg did some work on the trailer, added a portable heater and laid a tarp over the top for extra warmth for his family during the winter. He also added a fence so that his grandchildren could have a safe place to play outside of the trailer. He was fortunate to have the knowledge and skills to modify the trailer to support all-season living conditions.

A house trailer, with several tarps snuggly attached, sitting in a snowy field.

"The reserve we were living on told us we needed to leave. I was able to get us into a motel in Chatham, but we were only able to live there for a week and a half. That was when we moved back to Strathroy and into this motel."

It is challenging to experience homelessness as a single individual, but Greg's situation is even more complicated - he has his daughter and his four grandchildren to support. This increases his overall expenses and makes it more difficult to find a rental that can support a family of this size. The other major challenge that Greg has faced is that his social assistance payment has not increased over the years. Inflation has increased the price of groceries, rent, gas, and more.

Greg has also had to deal with added expenses related to moving into the motel. For example, he is paying for a storage locker where most of his furniture is being stored. Also, as Greg is not a resident of Strathroy, he has to pay for a mailbox at the post office in order to receive his mail. Experiencing homelessness can be expensive. It can be very challenging to save money to afford a rental - continuing the cycle of poverty.

Greg cares deeply for his grandchildren and their struggles with homelessness adds an incredible amount of pressure on him as he wants to care for them as best he can.

"My experience has mostly been looking after the kids and making sure they are fed and have everything they need. I've tried to get them into school but they can't go to school unless they're collecting taxes from where you are residing - which they are not. Trying to do school online has also been a struggle because it's hard to have Wi-Fi when you're homeless."

Even though Greg is Indigenous and has a status card, he cannot access the local supports because they are not within his band. His own band lost their land some time ago. He feels supports for individuals experiencing homelessness are lacking.

"I haven't heard anything from (affordable) housing and I've been on it for seven years now. I've been on emergency housing for a year-and-a-half but I still haven't heard anything, which is frustrating. To make matters worse, most of the temporary (affordable) housing situations here are only for two or three months. It wouldn't make sense for me to take all of my stuff out of a storage unit that I have a good deal on. It's not cheap being homeless, everyone thinks we can just walk away from stuff, but you can't when you have responsibilities."

When asked about what he hopes will change as the result of sharing his story, Greg replied:

"I hope the government stops avoiding the issue of homelessness and actually does something about it. We cannot afford down payments on houses, let alone rent. They need to find a solution."

Greg's most important goal throughout all of this experience has been keeping the family together. When asked what he thought has helped him get through it all, this was Greg's response:

"My grandkids are my rock. After I came to Strathroy, I ended up in the hospital in a five-day coma. The only thing that kept me going was my grandkidsand that I have them to come back to. That's about everything to me."