AnglicareSA’s Turning Point program provides families facing homelessness with a safe place to call home. Please donate today.
It’s easy to have the wrong impression of a homeless person. It’s easy to think that all people who are homeless look and act a certain way… that they suffer from drug addiction or mental illness… and that homelessness is a ‘personal choice’.
But we don’t always know their story. We don’t always know what made them homeless.
All it takes is an abusive relationship, a serious illness, a job loss or another unforeseen situation for a family to go from enjoying a normal life, to not having a safe place to call home.
There are South Australian families living just two pay cheques from homelessness. They need your support.
How Turning Point can change lives: David’s story
David and his wife Sara* were your average double income family with two children, Jordan and Chloe. Life was travelling wonderfully, until one day they received the devastating news that Sara had cancer.
Sara was worried for her family, as any wife and mother would, and her treatment starting taking a physical toll. Before long she was unable to keep working. She simply couldn’t keep up anymore.
Reduced to one income, times got tougher for the family. The mortgage payments, utility bills, general cost of living, as well as the extra burden of medical bills eroded their savings. It was starting to get harder to make ends meet.
As Sara’s condition worsened David had to make the difficult decision to give up his work and stay home to care for Sara and the kids. David knew the financial implications of this decision but his wife and kids needed him at home.
With no income they had no choice but to register for government support to simply ‘get by’. Sadly, Sara passed away, leaving David and the kids completely heartbroken.
David found it really difficult to find work, the bills had piled up, and he was left to care for the kids on his own. David sold their family home in an attempt to clear the debts, but eventually the money ran too slim and they ended up sleeping in their family car.
Donate today and help give families like David’s a safe place to call home.