Ontario Shores not only gave me a second chance in life, but they also provided me with a toolkit of coping skills that have enabled me to accomplish things that seventeen-year-old Chelsea could never have imagined.
What hurts more than everything that I have been through, is knowing that I was “lucky”, to be able to access the intensive live-in supports at Ontario Shores that I needed, while others are less fortunate.
It was a huge relief to learn that we didn't have to reveal any details about our traumas in group therapy. Instead, we focused on understanding what trauma is and how to work around it using the tools that were provided to us.
I am grateful to Ontario Shores' First Response Assist Program for providing me with the tools to deal with PTSD while living a meaningful life.