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When money just stops, a 'normal' family like Jodie's can end up facing homelessness.
What would you do?
“Anybody can have a car accident, and have their financial stability pulled out from under their feet.
Then, it doesn’t matter how much drive you’ve got, if you can’t work, you can’t work, and the money just stops.
That’s it. You’re trapped. You can’t turn into a criminal. You’ve just got to juggle what money you’ve got. Find a way to make money, or live within your means.
But sometimes you can’t do either.
Paul’s injuries were critical. At one point he was seeing 40 specialists. He lived on pain-killers just to go to work every day, yet still worked on upgrading his skills.
But it got to the point where I had to say to him, ‘You can’t do this anymore. Look at you.’
Our son lives with severe autism. You love him to bits, but it makes life hard. Especially if your child is doing things like putting poo on the walls and things like that. It just takes up all of you, especially when they’re very young.
I owe thousands to our power company.
It’s so hard. I don’t even have a mobile phone. I can’t afford the credit. There are so many days I do not have a single cent to my name.
There’s a lot of saying ‘no’ to your children because of what you cannot give them. It’s heartbreaking, and they don’t understand. They just want what everyone else has got.
You feel so guilty and ‘not enough’ to your children.
Sometimes it’s just so hard to teach your children that love is enough in this world, and that we’re going to make it through.
Our car has broken down, and we can’t afford to fix it. Even if we could, we can’t afford the rego. So I’m glad the Salvos are walking distance!
I go down on Tuesdays, because I’ve run out of money by then, and that’s when the Salvos have their Hope Centre open.
You can get fresh fruit and vegetables, and even bread and groceries.
It’s just lovely to know there’s a place you can get fresh produce. People think ‘these poor people, they eat rubbish’, but most of the time we’ve got no choice. You have to get quantity, not quality, so at least you can feel filled up. It might be junk, but the healthy stuff is just too expensive.
The other thing I like about the Hope Centre is they have a free coffee and cake café!
They always smile, and make you feel welcome, and give you a hug. I just love the way they’re so accepting and helpful. They’re a shoulder to cry on.
We have leaned on The Salvation Army for help because we don’t have very much family support in our area. We had to get help, and they were terrific.
I’ll keep doing the best that I can. I’m pretty proud of what I’m doing.
I feel like I have nothing much to give except love. So I just try to give as much of that as I can.”- Jodie
Today, more families like Jodie’s will come to The Salvation Army for care.