Stories from people we support

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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Priscilla in her own home

Priscilla hits major milestones

Priscilla has plenty to celebrate in October 2020. After a year of commitment and persistence, she is now settling into her own home. She joined St Bart’s five months ago after spending six months at Harry Hunter Rehabilitation Centre. Priscilla was accepted into our Women’s Service the same day she …

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From the street to life coach

The fear and vulnerability of living life on the streets is expressed beautifully by Matt Vapor, an educated man and professional speaker who also knows what it is like to be homeless. Matt recently shared his story with new employees at an induction in August, and feedback from attendees was …

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Positive vibes only for Milly

After enduring a bad relationship at the age of 54, in an act of self-defence, I found myself behind bars and it was the darkest place I ever thought I’d be. Upon my release I was provided accommodation through another service but found I was having trouble reintegrating. In fact, …

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Alma turns 100!

It’s 9am and Alma, one of our Home Care consumers, is at her usual haunt, Joe’s Bakery, steadily making her way through a mini sausage roll, party pie, and a large coffee. For someone who recently celebrated turning 100 on July 7, her appetite is so impressive it’s hard not …

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St Bart's 6PR interview with resident Kym and CEO

Kym speaks up

Just before she embarked on her new journey interstate, we sat down with our Women’s Service resident Kym to talk about how she found herself facing homelessness. “I moved to Perth from Melbourne because I had lived here previously and thought there would be more opportunity for work – less …

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