To celebrate Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, we’re sharing stories from our program participants, staff, and volunteers about what makes our House so special.

Here, former youth worker Romy remembers how the teens at our House rallied around for their friend Tammy.

Tammy was the quiet one, Tammy always wanted to be the helper. But one day—she needed our help.

Back in the early 2000s, we were fundraising for a trip across Canada. Kate and I were the youth workers here then.

This trip was going to cost us a lot more than we had planned, but we were fundraising anyways.

But then, something really sad happened. Tammy’s house burnt down.

I remember all of us showing up the next day. We all went looking for Tammy’s cat, called Grey.

Sadly, we never found the cat.

But it was so nice to see how everyone came together, to support Tammy.

And then, the kids made a decision.

They decided that all the money they had fundraised for our trip so far, they would donate to Tammy’s family instead.

We never made it across Canada. We went to Tofino instead.

But that was OK. We just wanted to help Tammy and her brother Tony.

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