"My life really changed with respect to my relationship with my son. I feel more valued, I feel a lot closer to him. I have more confidence in myself, in my role as a mother, and I feel less guilty."
"After my son was born, I went into a deep depression. I was mixing alcohol and medicine. I was sick all the time. I had no ambition. I thought it was normal; all my friends drank. I know now that I don't have to live like that. Before, I would just decide to move, or get a new job or a new boyfriend, but it would never solve my problems. If you don't change yourself on the inside, your problems will follow you wherever you go. Now, I wake up happy, I'm no longer a slave. I have good friends. My son is with me, safe and smiling. I'm a good role model for him. Life seems easier now... I don't know why I used to put myself through hell."
“Throughout her time at Portage, my daughter evolved as a woman. She was different – she was open and honest with me. I started to trust her and to believe in my daughter again and we have become a good support for each other. Day after day, I watched Caroline grow as a mother and become who she really is.”
– Sophie, the mother of a graduate
"I was consumed with serious cocaine and alcohol abuse problems. I had no self-confidence and I felt myself sinking deeper and deeper. I decided to do a program at the Mother and Child centre for my son, but mainly for myself. Now, I’m back in school and hope to become a social worker. I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished, even though it was very difficult."