Overcoming homelessness, young Rebecca is now thriving.
With a safe home, 18-year-old Rebecca completed high school with outstanding results, found a full-time job and recently bought a car.
Growing up in difficult family circumstances, Rebecca* found schoolwork challenging. She was determined to finish high school, but in her circumstances, it felt impossible. Rebecca was balancing studies while caring for her younger siblings and maintaining a part-time job.
During the pandemic Rebecca experienced a violence situation at home. She was devastated to leave behind her younger sisters but without any other choice, she fled for safety.
Rebecca was homeless. Sadly, this is a common situation for many young Australians. In our Annual Youth Survey, one in six young people aged 15 to 19 said they had experienced homelessness.
This included those who had experienced homelessness with or without their families, and had experienced time without a fixed address, lived in a refuge or transitional accommodation and/or had spent time couch surfing.
Young people who had experienced homelessness were also more likely to express personal concerns about family conflict, mental health, financial security, suicide and coping with stress, than those who haven’t been homeless.
But thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we helped Rebecca break the cycle of homelessness and find a safe home.
Rebecca’s school learned of her situation and connected her with our Youth Accommodation and Support Service (YASS) in Perth. Our team at YASS provides temporary and long-term accommodation for young people.
Our teams taught Rebecca independent living skills, provided her with a safe place to stay and, most importantly, supported her through the final year of high school.
When Rebecca expressed her desire to live with her aunt and younger sister, our team assisted the family of three to find a permanent place they could call home. Rebecca was relieved to be reunited with her sister.
With a safe and stable home, Rebecca’s confidence also flourished.
She completed high school with outstanding results and was awarded ‘Student of the Year’ at her school. Recently, she has found a full-time job and bought a car with the money she has earned.
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*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the people we help.
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