Stories from people we support

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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Major refurbishments to commence at St Bart’s HQ

A $1.575 million grant from the McGowan Government will fast track major refurbishments at St Bart’s head office and housing facility in East Perth.

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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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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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