Stories from people we support

A grandmother’s hope for a place to call home

At a time in her life when she should have been going to school and returning to the safety and familiarity of a stable home, Lynette’s childhood was instead spent couch surfing with her family. Moving back and forth between Norseman and her birthplace in Esperance, Lynette recalls the uncertainty …

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From consumer to selfless volunteer

It’s her warm nature and ability to talk openly to everyone and anyone that has earned Kerry the nickname “mum” to many living on the streets of Perth. To us at St Bart’s, she’s recognised as one of our most loyal and eager volunteers. And while battling her own health …

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Craig’s culinary journey

A resident at St Bart’s Arnott Community Recovery Village, 36-year-old Craig has been making quite the stir lately – mostly in the kitchen, as he dives deeper into a newfound passion for cooking and sustainable gardening. Naming Jamie Oliver as his cooking idol, Craig says that it’s his rustic, simple, …

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Sophie breaks the cycle

“If you had met me two years ago, I was monosyllabic,” says Sophie. “I couldn’t speak more than one word at a time, I couldn’t connect with people, and I had severe anhedonia.” Sophie’s description of herself is in stark contrast to the woman that stands before us today, whose …

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Christmas is looking brighter for Tamara

When Tamara speaks about her children, her voice involuntarily breaks. This will be her third Christmas without her 7-year-old daughter, and even longer without her 12-year-old son. “It just takes that one event to turn your whole life upside down,” says Tamara. It’s a line we hear so often at …

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Aaron’s kicking goals – literally!

He’s the boisterous Community Housing resident who has entertained us all with his enthusiastic greetings and the ability to make a new friend wherever he goes. This year marks Aaron’s 10th year with St Bart’s, which he has spent getting into shape for his debut footy season. A mad Fremantle …

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Staff spotlight: Lenny Brown

Even before she says a word, it’s clear Lenny Brown is a force to be reckoned with. At age 12, Lenny started volunteering for her local community in Victoria. Between the ages of 15 and 18, Lenny amassed an impressive array of achievements, including: Lion of the Year, Leo’s Club …

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From the car to a home: Rhett’s road to independence

Rhett’s cheeky and extremely dry sense of humour belies the difficulties he has faced in recent years. His ability to deadpan one-liners demonstrates his intelligence and quick wit. Q: “What brought you to St Bart’s?” Rhett: “The police.” Amid the dry humor, Rhett has been working with St Bart’s since …

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