Mothers in recovery are reuniting with their children, thanks to housing designed to help – CBC

A new centre in Vancouver for mothers in recovery from addiction offers a safe place to bond with their kids

Jul 04, 2023

Leaping through the courtyard of her new home in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, 10-year-old Serenity shows off all the things she likes about the place.

She bounces a basketball, turns a cartwheel, points to the cubby where she puts her bookbag at the after-school program.

But when asked about why she likes living here, she brings up something else entirely — her mom.

“I really love her, I was born with her,” she said.

“It was kind of sad not having her when I was living with my grandma. I’m way more happy because I’m living with my actual parent.”

Serenity’s mom, Katy, is a recovering drug addict. When Serenity was seven she was placed in the custody of her paternal grandmother because of Katy’s drug use. The pair reunited 10 months ago, something made possible because of where they live.

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