STORIES from W.I.N.G.S. Maternity Home

LIFE beyond rape!

Defiled, broken, and homeless, Cassandra moved into W.I.N.G.S. Maternity Home. Hear of her successful journey into motherhood and independent living. What a privilege to walk along side this young mom who spread her wings and chose LIFE!




My name is Deanna Armstrong and I am 19 years old.

I first came to W.I.N.G.S. when I was 16 years old and in grade 11 at the local high school. I had told my parents that I was pregnant and they kicked me out because they didn't believe in sex before marriage. 

W.I.N.G.S. was my safe haven. My stay at W.I.N.G.S. was short-lived and after 2 weeks I was moving in with my boyfriend and officially dropping out of school. I remained in contact with Marion for the duration of my pregnancy and resumed school in Oshawa, where I now resided and hated. 

On May 7th, 2012 I gave with to a beautiful baby boy named Nathan David Armstrong. He was as precious as ever and still is, even though he now has attitude. 

After having Nathan I got so fed up with Oshawa that I finally moved back to Ajax. I was living a street away from W.I.N.G.S. I enrolled back up in school and then 3 short months later I found out I was pregnant! I again dropped out of school and stayed home with my boyfriend and son. August 9th, 2013 came around and I gave birth to another beautiful baby boy named Gaven Tucker Armstrong. 

Two weeks to the day that Gaven was born I walked down the aisle in the W.I.N.G.S. backyard that Marion so amazingly transformed into a beautiful wedding ceremony for me and married my husband, Ryan. 

In the following September I re-enrolled in school, except this time I was serious about it. On June 24th, 2014 I officially graduated high school. I had a tough decision to make, which university was I going to go to? I had gotten accepted into 8 different universities, one being on the other side of the country, but I chose to go to The University of Guelph where I am now attending as a full time student.

Marion has been my cheerleader all throughout my huge emotional journey. I have been reconnected with my parents for just less than a year now and I have been able to successfully reach my dream of going to university. It is a hard, hard road but Marion was the one who made it all possible. I owe so much to her! 

Love,
Deanna

My Name is Melissa,

I have been in 42 different foster homes/group homes and struggled with self esteem issues my whole life.  I always wanted to feel a place of belonging.  I longed for affection which lead to the birth of 4 children by age 21.  3 of my children were apprehended and placed with family.  My 4th child, I have been given a chance to parent because I was able to stay at the WINGS Maternity Home.  Prior to my acceptance at WINGS I was scheduled to have an abortion at 6 months.  WINGS has changed my life.  This home has given me the tools to LOVE and to know LOVE.  To understand that God has a purpose for me and my child/children.  I am a Christian now and am graduating from WINGS in November 2011 with my son.  Without WINGS I would not have been successful and my son would not be in my care today.  I no longer wish to return to my old lifestyle.  I look forward to ALL that God has for me as I journey towards my DESTINY.


My Name is Crystal,

I stayed at WINGS Maternity Home 2010/2011 and graduated from there in March 2011.  I came to WINGS from Jail, addicted to drugs and prostitution.  Marion accepted me into her home and treated me like a daughter.  I am so grateful to WINGS for leading me to a NEW path one that is whole.  I have come to know God and have no desire to use drugs or ever return to that life again.  I am the proud mother of my beautiful son and have recently been reunited with my older daughter who I had not seen for 6 years because of my addiction.  WINGS has continued to reach out to me even after my graduation and I come and take part in the weekly Bible Study at the WINGS home.  I am so grateful to this home and all that it taught me.  It changed my life and gave my son a MOTHER.


My name is Linda,

My journey to WINGS involves one that demonstrates God's love and favor in my life. 

I was broken emotionally as I found myself six months pregnant alone, judged and stereotyped.  I  was shunned by people  I loved, and was told everything such as i cannot raise a child because of an umbrella I'm categorized under as a result of my disability.

This fueled my spirit, and I remember praying each night for God to shed his merciful grace on my life. In short, I lamented each night "God help me!". The Lord did just that .

 God  gave me the opportunity to share my story, my trials and tribulations with Marion.  Shortly after our encounter, I moved into this safe haven in September,after months of suffering, struggling and barely making it the end of the month on the limited income I live on.

I no longer feel alone as I have a strong Christian support system here. I have been  able to continue with my educational endeavor as practical nursing Student-with assistance from supporters and am backed by endless prayers. 

Volunteers devote their time to organize programs to enhance our lives and to equip us with tools to implement to enhance quality of life.  I am thankful for that and the groups that I partake in because they are helping to mold me into the type of woman and the positive role model I want to be for my daughter.

The programs offered here help me to model Christ like approach to my life and allows me to be my authentic self and because of that WINGS is now a part of my definition of family.

I now define Family differently. Family cares about  one another  personally. Family  builds and affirms emotionally. Family looks at the innocence of of a child who wants to find inner Peace, and family helps to define and actualize his or her potential. I am experiencing all these aspects from the WINGS Family  because it is supporting, loving, environment that promoted inner and spiritual growth.


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"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11