Stories from people we support

Staff spotlight: David Frost

As a Case Manager with St Bart’s Future Homes program, David Frost personally assists around 14 men at any given time who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. David once had dreams of becoming a personal trainer or a medical doctor – dreams which, like those of most young …

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Flying away with Peter Gray

It’s been nine years since Peter first joined us at our Community Recovery Village in Middle Swan, and it was a bittersweet moment when we said farewell to him recently as he moved on from our services and into his own home. With an interest in all things aviation, Peter’s …

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Stephen sets sights on new goals

Stephen’s story is one that hit home for all of us at St Bart’s for one very simple reason – it could happen to any of us. A highly experienced Quality Assurance Manager, Stephen was an employee of Chevron Corporation and was sent on assignment to Thailand. It was a …

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Colin stays the course through tough times

A proud Noongar-Yamatji man, 42-year-old Colin has engaged St Bart’s services on-and-off for the past nine years. Navigating his way through the tough times, he says one of the most valuable lessons he has learned is embracing greater independence. His resilience in the face of three separate housing crises is …

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A step at a time leads to Charlie’s incredible success

At 43 years of age, *Charlie feels like life is just beginning. Residing at our Women’s Service since May 2020, she has just been selected from 3,000 applicants to take up a haul truck operator traineeship with BHP. It’s an incredible turn-around for a woman who, in the last 12 …

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Veteran Bill – a story of resilience

“And then I got hit,” Bill said, so casually that it took a moment to realise the severity of the situation he found himself in some 70 years ago. The story begins in 1950, and 23-year-old Bill had just joined the Occupation Force.  “They said they wanted more people to …

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Making a difference with mental health

When Lincoln Abraham reached out for support to deal with his own mental health challenges in 2018, it led him on an important life journey of study, and now work, to help others in need of support. Lincoln, 28, completed work placement at St Bart’s Swan Community Recovery Village, supporting …

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Alma reunited with family

Alma reunited with family

Disclaimer: If you haven’t already read the first part to this story, “Alma turns 100”, take a quick look here before reading this follow up article. It was Friday August 7, 2020  as Phil was finishing up his last day of work at the State Coroner’s office in his role …

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