stories of hope



Immigration Hall was awarded the 2010 ROOPH Award for ‘Excellence in Building Design’. A historic welcoming place for newcomers, Immigration Hall was empty and had fallen into disrepair before being brought back to life through a stunning renovation that incorporates a handicap lift, a green roof terrace and provides tenants with security and basic amenities.

Brady, 53, moved into Immigration Hall more than a year ago. He describes himself as being an “alcoholic for 40 years.” Once a purchasing agent in the oil and gas industry, Brady had fallen on hard times, and found himself on the streets.

“I lost everything. I lost my family, my friends, my jobs, my soul.”

After trying different treatment programs, Brady found himself at Hope Mission. The year-long Breakout Recovery program appealed to him. Brady graduated from the program, and is now taking the next steps to getting his life back.

“Without the program, I don’t know where I’d be.”

Settled in to his new life, Brady is giving back to his community. Today, he works at Hope Mission. He splits his time between working at the Herb Jamiesen Centre and providing support for people in the Breakout Recovery program. Brady is constantly learning, exploring new opportunities and helping others do the same.