Thank you from our clients to our supporters
Every single day, the lives of vulnerable children, adults and families right around the country are being changed thanks to the generosity of incredible people like you.
To show their appreciation, clients Rob, Channon, Omar, Jaqueline and Izach recorded these short videos to say thank you for your support.
Omar became homeless after separating from his long-term partner. Thankfully, he found help at Mission Australia’s Cooma and Region Homelessness Service. We helped Omar access crisis accommodation, and provided ongoing support to assist with his applications for housing and rentals.
When we first met Omar, he was reserved and quiet. But as we spent more time with him, he opened up about his life. With the right support, Omar was able to regain his independence and focus on his university studies. Today, Omar has his confidence and his smile back, and is excited for the future.
Thank you for helping people like Omar find a safe home and regain their independence this year.
When we first met Rob, he was feeling isolated and detached from his community. As a carer, his world revolved around his responsibilities at home.
Connecting with our Family and Carer Mental Health Program made a massive difference for Rob. Through the program, Rob has worked closely with our carer support worker, who has helped him identify and address challenges and barriers in his life. Rob has also benefitted greatly from attending our education and training workshops for carers, joining a carers support group, and participating in wellness days and other social events hosted by our service.
Today, Rob says he’s far happier and much more engaged in his community, and feels more supported than before.
Thank you for standing together with people like Rob this year.
Izach is a member of the Chillax group that aims to equip boys and young men with the skills to manage their anger, increase their social and emotional skills, and improve their behaviour at school. It’s part of Mission Australia’s Circles of Care program in Queensland, which receives no government funding and is made possible thanks to the generosity of people like you.
When Izach was first referred to the program, he was involved in a number of behavioural incidents at his school. Halfway through the program, his mum Jaqueline came to see our staff. She told us ‘He’s a completely different kid!’, emphasising the change in his behaviour, manners and treatment of other people. Having now graduated the program, Izach says he knows how to calm himself down, has had fewer incidents at school, and is doing much better in class.
Thank you for believing in children like Izach and supporting parents like Jaqueline this year.
This is Channon. She’s a HIPPY. Not the regular kind, though. She’s part of our Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY), a two-year school readiness program focusing on parents’ involvement in their children’s education during the crucial early years. When Channon joined the program with her son, she would meet with a home tutor to discuss the week’s learning activities, before going on to complete these activities with her son.
Channon found HIPPY so impactful for herself and her son that she wanted to become more deeply involved. She applied successfully to become a home tutor, and went on to help 15 other families through the program. Channon has since completed her Cert IV in Educational Support and now runs a Mission Australia playgroup in Ipswich.
Thank you for supporting families like Channon and her son. Because of the help she received, Channon is now giving back to other families in need.