In 2019, Paris Cormier and Sam Fallon camped with other homeless in Moncton in Tent City. What has happened since then? When asked, both parents laughed, a big change in their lives in three years. They quit drugs, made money and raised a son.
“Do you remember? I was lying on the floor while you were rummaging through the trash. You were yelling at me: ” Wait a minute, I need to find something! ”,” Sam Fallon said to his wife, laughing, recalling their years of drug addiction and suffering.
“We have no home, no income and no support; we live in Tent City, pushing grocery carts here and there. But now we have a nice and clean home, says Paris Cormier. We maintain stability and we continue to grow. “
The 21-year-old man and the 27-year-old woman believe that one change has pushed them to leave their condition: their child. He wore it when they lived in a tent on rue Albert. However, he wore another, six years before it became homeless …
“Me and my partner at the time, we were drinking and doing drugs. So we lost custody of our baby when he was 16 months old. It caused me so much pain. I can’t afford to lose another child. So I fight every day, ”said Ms. Cormier.
To narrowly escape death
Another accident allowed two young adults from Moncton to recover: Mr.’s heart infection. Fallon, in November 2019.
This disease, endocarditis, has killed many of its former methamphetamine users. It can come from contaminated syringes, which carry bacteria into the blood.
“I stayed about 40 days in the hospital. It gave me the peace of mind I needed to make the right choices,” Fallon said.
“To cure our addictions,” Ms. Cormier. We had a roof over our heads, so we detoxed on our own, even though we had a very strong addiction.
“I keep trying to remove myself,” Mr. Fallon said, however, about his intravenous treatments. The doctor came in, put his hand on my shoulder, “You know if you leave, you won’t come back?” I asked, “What do you mean? He replied, “You will die if we do not give you antibiotics.” My pregnant wife was there. It’s cold outside too… ”
After quitting drugs, the formerly homeless found support. The friends that Mr. Fallon who was his grandparents from his difficult childhood, accepted him and his partner.
Then, Ms. understood. Cormier how to benefit from social assistance.
“I sent the checks to the Salvus Clinic, because we don’t have an address yet,” he explains about the community organization. Then I gave them to my mother, to make sure it wouldn’t be spent. He took care of them until we found a place to stay. ”
The couple took about three weeks to find one.
“We keep walking,” sighed Mr. Fallon, who found this period to be eternal. “We called everywhere,” continued Ms. Cormier. We felt helpless! We have no reference, no job. But K2 Property Management gave us a chance. ”
The mother gave birth to her son Kashton, a month after moving.
“After a year, we looked at each other:‘ We can’t do it, it’s crazy ’,” Mr. Fallon. The amount of money the government gives you to live on is disgusting. I have to work. “
So the young man found a job at Netco Electric, as a handler. He wants to study to be an electrician. He also followed his partner’s advice, for managing his budget …
“I was thinking of getting a tattoo and Paris said to me: ‘why didn’t you pass your driving test?’ I replied: ‘ah! Sige. I’ll do that, laughs Mr. Fallon. I have already started taking my classes. This is great! It took me eight months.
Si Ms. Cormier is taking his General Education Evaluation Tests (GED) to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. He will then go to New Brunswick Community College (NBCC).
“I want to support people who are struggling with addiction and their mental health. I have so much experience here that I feel like I can really help someone,” he said.