When we first met John*, he was exhausted, tearful and distraught. He walked into one of Anglicare Victoria’s emergency relief centres after his car broke down just outside the building.
John had nowhere to live and had been sleeping in his car for the last two months after losing his job. It was his only shelter and transport to find work, and he had no idea how he was going to repair or move it. He was very anxious about being forced out of his car to live on the street.
John had recently moved to Melbourne from overseas and had no friends or family in Australia. He had nowhere to turn to. He told us that he was often tired and hungry, and had been struggling to stay warm over the colder months.
Thanks to the help of people like you, we were able to provide John with urgent roadside assistance which gave him access to a mechanic to come out and repair his car. Some of the volunteers at the centre gave John a hot drink and biscuits while he waited, and provided him with vouchers to use for food and petrol.
John was extremely appreciative of the level of support and help provided and relieved that he did not have to live on the street. A few weeks later, John came back to the centre to tell us how grateful he was. Because of your kind donations, John was able to get his car back on the road and he has since managed to get a casual job.
It’s thanks to our loyal donors and supporters that we can respond to people like John in their time of need. Please visit https://www.anglicarevic.org.au/donation/ to donate and help others like John.
*Names and images have been changed. John shared his story with Anglicare Victoria in June 2017.