I was both mentally and emotionally supported by my RISE case manager that facilitated my recovery journey.

I was both mentally and emotionally supported by my RISE case manager that facilitated my recovery journey.

My name is Sharzad. I came to Canada almost 3 years ago and as a newcomer I faced so many challenges for which my settlement worker at COSTI referred me to the RISE program at Madison. When I met with my worker for the first time I was going through health issues and I had to undergo some medical procedures, which made me feel emotionally down. During this difficult period of my life time, I was both mentally and emotionally supported by my RISE case manager that facilitated my recovery journey.

I was interested to take an education program which I had hoped would help me build my future career. Madison’s Bursary Fund afforded me to take the program, a makeup course and I was able to obtain a certificate in it. I also attended Madison’s Art Expression which helped me to release my stress through the production of art work and paintings. My RISE worker also supported me to manage everything following my financial struggle after I faced identity theft and bank fraud.

Today I feel strong and determined to achieve all of my goals, in order to establish a great life in my new country Canada. Without the support I received from my RISE worker/program, I wouldn’t feel the way I do now.