OUR RESIDENTS

We love hearing from our residents!

Here are some resident testimonials as featured in our recent newsletters.

Before living at Daybreak, my life was chaotic to say the least. I was suffering from many things including a lack of consistent and stable housing. I wasn’t sure if I should move into a rooming house after living in a shelter as I was desperately wanting my own space but decided it was the best option when a spot opened up for me at 391 Piccadilly in November 2019. 


Stable and consistent is just what I was given at Daybreak. My rent was affordable and utilities were included, the house was beautiful with a homey feeling to it and you couldn’t ask for a better neighbourhood, safe and thriving. The house is run very well and the staff are there attending to your needs and then some. I am very grateful for their kindness and transparency. 


As of January 15, 2021, I have been living in my own Ottawa Community Housing apartment in Britannia, the west-end of Ottawa. I love it very much. Spending just over a year at Daybreak prepared me to know what to expect when living on my own again. I am still in touch with Richard and plan to have the staff over in July for a visit. 

Munita, former resident 2020

Living at Day break for roughly two and half years  having gone to a few BBQ and two Christmas parties, you can tell the staff do care.

 

They take care of your housing needs, bring food during a pandemic, fix problems, to name a few.

 

Living at Gloucester house was a good experience for me.

 

I was able to get my life back on track because of having a stable, safe environment to live and good roommates.

 

Thanks Day break.

Jeff, current Daybreak resident who is moving to independent living in September 2020

Q. How long have you lived with Daybreak?

A.  Six months

Q. Do you like it and why?

A. Yes and everything

Q. How does it differ from other homeless shelters?

A. I feel safe, my stuff doesn't get stolen

Henry, current Daybreak Resident 2019

My health is better, I'm happier, it's quiet and I can rest.

Patrick, current Daybreak Resident 2019

Q. How long have you lived at Daybreak?

A. About a year and a half

Q. Do you enjoy it?

A. Yes, it's comfortable, good guys, it feels like home.

I've had jobs, money, a house; but I'm here now. You don't need money to make you happy, but it would be nice to be able to afford a chocolate bar now and again.

Peter, current Daybreak Resident 2019

Has been a drug addict for 20 years, living in shelters and on the streets. She's been with Daybreak 6 months.

This is the first time I have felt safe. When I leave the house there are not people trying to sell you drugs. I was sick a couple of months ago and three people in the house asked me if I was ok. This is the first time anyone has ever done that in my life! Daybreak has given me a chance to get clean and gain my strength. I now feel confident about the future, I feel healthier and mentally stronger.

Stephanie, current Daybreak Resident 2019

Hey Richard,
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and all the staff at Daybreak for helping make Christmas time a little brighter for me and the other residents here at Flora House.  I honestly had so much fun at the party and the food and all the wonderful gifts were truly awesome! A real class act! Not only did I have fun, but I met some new people and got to know some of the guys in our house a lot better as well. Christmas is a hard time for me, thank you to all of the great
people at Daybreak for all that you've done to make it better.

Very respectfully yours,

 Current Daybreak Resident Christmas 2019