Self, Stories

Contributed by: Union Gospel Mission

“My mom had me when she was 14. We went through some rough times, staying in shelters, random houses, and going to food banks. But I just thought everyone grew up like this. Because when you’re a kid, you don’t really know what being homeless is. I had constant anxiety from being in those environments though. I held anger towards the world—I compared my family to others’ and could not understand why my life was like this. When I was young, I used to think it was because my mom didn’t love me—but now, God has helped me look back to see she was trying her best. We’re a lot closer now because of it.” — Love, Your Neighbour Isiah

Isiah has felt the deep impact of poverty all his life. But his mother’s grit throughout financial instability, and community’s unwavering love helped foster a determination in Isiah to stay on a steady path. Today, Isiah is pursuing a university degree, and has overcome many of the unique challenges that come with growing up below the poverty line!


Love, Your Neighbour 💌 is a space for you to share your story. With your voice, we can destigmatize the conversation, and learn to love our neighbours with the kind of compassion that changes lives. If poverty, homelessness, or addiction has personally touched your life, join the conversation by leaving an encouraging comment on the UGM Instagram page, or sharing your experience by tagging #LoveYourNeighbour.