There’s always somewhere to turn: Emergency relief for families

Olivia never expected to need the help of an agency like Prahran Mission.

The happily married mum of two young children could never have foreseen the devastating turn of events that would leave her and her children homeless.

Prahran Mission’s Emergency Relief Coordinator Rosa said everything changed when Olivia’s husband started becoming stressed about money.

“When he became violent she was left with no choice but to grab her kids and leave with nothing but the clothes on their backs and nowhere to go. Olivia’s situation was dire; she was homeless and cold and responsible for two very young children,” Rosa said.

While Olivia tried to stay on top of things – quickly finding shelter in a rooming house and registering for a single parent allowance – she found herself struggling to feed her children, after spending half her allowance on rent and then still having to pay other bills. She wondered how they were going to make it on their own …

But because of your generosity to Share, when Olivia hit the lowest point in her life she had somewhere to turn.

When Olivia walked into Prahran Mission, she was immediately given a big bag of food, toiletries, a clothing voucher and other essential items for her children, along with a warm meal. When she was ready, she was able to access Prahran Mission’s free legal service, as well as financial counselling and vocational training to help her find suitable work.

Olivia and her children can now look forward to a happier and safer future, thanks to Share supporters like you!


*At Share we respect everyone who is helped by the programs we fund – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, their names and images may have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.