Lisa* left her stable life in Sydney when her partner of 12-years turned violent.
When CatholicCare Victoria first met Lisa, she was malnourished and living in hunger.
Like many who walk through our doors, she had come for help putting food on the table… but she actually found so much more.
Today your tax-deductible gift will provide compassionate support for people when they’re at their most broken… and keep them from falling through the cracks.
From a good job and a community of friends, to spending weeks living in her car, on the street… Lisa's world changed overnight.
With no money and a handful of belongings packed in her rush to escape, starting over actually meant a fight for survival.
A majority of adults living in poverty are women like Lisa. Her experience of poverty was a direct result of the domestic violence she was running from. But in order to stop someone from falling through the cracks, you first need to spot them.
I feel very displaced here in Melbourne. It really breaks me up in the heart...
...to know that something could happen to me, and no one would know... because nobody knows who I am.
Domestic violence survivor
No one wants to find themselves facing homelessness or living a life of struggle and poverty.
But as Lisa knows all too well, there are some things you can't plan for or predict.
When Lisa got in her car that day, she had no idea that her journey in the years ahead would lead to a desperate fight for survival… her only immediate goal was to put distance between herself and the one who had injured her.
“I was in a state of shock. I just wanted to feel safe. I couldn’t believe that this person had done this to me. This person who I thought I knew! Who I thought loved me! So, I got in the car, and without even knowing where I was going to end up, I left Sydney and drove.” - Lisa.
Your compassion can stop people like Lisa from falling through the cracks.
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Your generosity helps fund a wide variety of supports to provide ongoing and compassionate care for the most vulnerable… beyond that first point of contact.
These supports include:
Chaplaincy and pastoral care for people facing difficult times
and who need to remember they’re worthy of love and respect
Practical and social support for newly arrived refugees
helping them to settle well and find a sense of connection and community so families can thrive
Affordable social housing for families and individuals facing homelessness
so they can have somewhere safe to sleep
Tertiary education and support for disadvantaged adults
so they can build their confidence and skills, and put their best foot forward when starting over
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*At CatholicCare Victoria, we respect everyone who comes to us for help. Many are working towards a fresh start in life. So, while the stories and quotes are true, the client name and image have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for your understanding.