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Feb202014

"Christmas, Valentine's Day, and now Family Day. There ought to be a day for us-just singles".  

Family Day weekend really lived up to its name this year. On Saturday, our family celebrated the marriage of my dear niece Kimberly to her long-time love Cole. Together with my 90 year old mother, my brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, it was one very happy occasion. At 1:00 a.m., I had to ask my mother whether she was finished partying yet so we could leave! A new partnership begun.

On Family Day Monday we gathered again, this time with extended family and friends to celebrate the entrance into Eternal Life of our beloved Aunt Patricia who died peacefully at home one month short of her 97th birthday. As Aunt Patricia loved family, we were grateful that her funeral could happen on Family Day. 

Two life events saturated with loving family.

On Monday evening, I stopped by the Hamilton Out of the Cold Program dinner. One of the guests said, "There's Christmas, then Valentine's Day and now Family Day. There ought to be a day for us-just singles".  She proceeded to remind me that she and many other guests of Out of the Cold do not have any family whatsoever. After such a weekend filled with family for me, it was a stark reminder first to be ever grateful for family and second, to remember that others may not have family and need others to reach out to them and to foster oportunities for friendships to feel like family.

Nancy Sullivan, CSJ
Hamilton Neighbourhood 

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This is a timely reminder for all of us. Indeed for many of us, but not for all of us, unfortunately, family ties are a very important relationship and blessing.

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNancy W

We need a resource supporting new or expectant single mothers intending to deliver their baby to be able to remain in their homes or stay at a shelter, with first-rate nutrition and referrals to doctors and pest-free housing and follow-up support, and advocacy for special needs of mother or child. This is expensive, but covering for its absence is moreso. Where do we start outside corporate agendas?

December 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSon of an orphan

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