No where to go: Tim’s Story
Tim had been living on the streets and visiting Passages Youth Engagement Hub Perth regularly. He frequently used one of the Hub’s in-reach services Homeless Healthcare, which identified some health issues and referred him to hospital. After spending some weeks in hospital, Tim was able to be discharged but due to his ill health he could not return to the streets.
Passages worked alongside youth accommodation services to ensure he could find a stable and safe residence.
A housing support worker contacted all youth accommodation services to try and locate a place for Tim. Due to COVID-19, many services had either reduced their operations or were not taking in new referrals so finding a place for Tim was very challenging.
Tim was accepted into transitional accommodation which was a safe place for his recovery. The accommodation however was unfurnished and Tim had little belongings and no money to buy furniture, household items or even food. He was thrilled to learn that Vinnies Emergency Assistance could help with furniture which would give him a good start in his new place.
One of Passages long-time supporters is Sacred Heart Sorrento College, and they too heard about Tim’s situation. Within one day, staff at the school were able to source electrical and white goods such as a fridge, microwave, television, kettle and toaster. They were also able to provide some groceries and a basket full of laundry and cleaning products. When the Vinnies truck arrived to deliver all the furniture and appliances to Tim, he was shocked and expressed his gratitude at the kindness everyone had shown to him.
Tim still visits Passages as he recovers from his health issues. Our thanks to Sacred Heart Sorrento College for their donations for Tim
and continued support.