Jeremy Weed and Amanda Kahnapace and their four-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, are looking forward to moving out of transitional housing and into their own townhouse.
"We just got the good news this week," said Jeremy Weed, who has been living with his wife, Amanda Kahnapace, and their four-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, at White Buffalo Lodge, a converted motel just off Lakeshore Road that is now transitional housing.
"We're getting our own place at Columbus Village starting Jan. 1."
Columbus Village is a subsidized townhouse development on Shepherd Road for people on low incomes, run by the Columbian Centennial Housing Society.
Ever since Weed slipped a disc in his back seven months ago giving his daughter airplane rides, he hasn't been able to return to his job in highrise construction in Calgary.
In that seven months, the family's fortunes have plummeted to where they are reliant on transitional-subsidized housing, using subsidized daycare and preschool at the Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs, and visiting the Kelowna Community Food Bank regularly.
"Without that help, there's no way we could ever make ends meet," said Weed.
Nevaeh has speech problems, so being able to go to quality daycare-preschool at the boys and girls club is important for her development and to see a speech therapist.
Kahnapace works part time at Labour Unlimited and doesn't make enough to support the family.
"I'm hoping to get back to work as soon as my doctor says I can," said Weed, "although, now that we've moved to Kelowna, I'd like to find a job here."
Nevaeh is a typical four-year-old girl.
For Christmas, she's asking for My Little Pony toys to add to her collection, Barbie and Play-Doh.
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