Do you ever wonder why your regular donations are so vital for helping vulnerable Australians? It’s thanks to your consistent generosity that people facing serious challenges can receive long-term support on their road to independence – sometimes spanning months or even years.

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Jimmy* is one young person who has benefited from your loyal support.

Jimmy’s life got off to an unimaginably traumatic start. Removed from his mother’s care as a baby, he spent years being moved between family members. After being re-housed with his mother, Jimmy was sexually abused by a family friend, triggering a downward spiral that saw him drop out of school.

By the time he was a teenager, he was sleeping rough and using drugs to cope with his pain. At 19, his mother passed away, which led to a dramatic decline in Jimmy's mental health.

Over the past six years, Mission Australia’s intensive, inner-city youth homelessness service, The Crossing, has been the one consistent place of support for Jimmy.

Many times he’s been turned away from other services who have told him he’s run out of second chances, but Jimmy knows that Mission Australia remains committed to standing by him.

We’ve helped Jimmy find safe accommodation, set up his home and provided intensive support throughout his challenging journey.

The past year has been a difficult one for Jimmy, but his case manager Anastasia is optimistic that his future can be a fulfilling one.

Breaking that intergenerational cycle of abuse is hard. But we don’t give up on people like Jimmy because we know where they’ve come from and understand why they’ve made the choices and mistakes they have. My hope is that over time we can work through his trauma, build his capacity, help him learn new skills, and eventually achieve his goals and dreams.Anastasia, Jimmy's caseworker

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