Stories from people we support

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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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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