Since we launched this appeal we have worked hard to provide a new home to four more tenants to keep them from falling into homelessness and destitution. Thanks to your generous donations, we have managed to repaint one of our houses and provide essential items to make it homely for its new occupants. On Thursday 17th December our dedicated caseworker and Resource Development Worker gathered masked up in the house to deliver some ordered items.
One of our new tenants, P* and our caseworker, Andrea gave us a tour of the house and the work P has been doing on it. As the walls were not in the best condition, P worked hard to repaint all the house and has been working hard to make his bedroom a space of his own after being in temporary accommodation for months.
We chatted with P to hear more about how this housing project has helped him.
When did you first get in contact with MRSN?
Around August or September I first came across MRSN.
Why did you get in touch?
I was desperately in need of a place, as I had just been granted my refugee status. I was having a lot of difficulty getting any help from NASS support and other agencies so I was frustrated, and was exhausted and about to give up.
I found MRSN, and called the office and asked if I could come in and speak to someone to see what you were about and you were very helpful.
How has this support helped you?
It has helped me find somewhere stable to stay until I am able to find my own permanent place, and now I have just secured seasonal employment as well. Life is looking more positive now.
*Name is withheld in line with our confidentiality policy.
This shared house will be home for 4 people for the next 8 months. Not only does this provide a space for people to recover from trauma they have experienced and begin to plan for the future, but our dedicated case worker provides 1-2-1 support to help them resettle, and integrate.
We go through little things such as how to build good relationships with neighbours, using the recycling and bin systems, arranging any support that is necessary to sustain and maintenance and much more. This helps prepare them to build independent living skills for when they are ready to move into their own permanent accommodation. We help tenants to acquire furniture along the way that they can move with so that they do not have to start all over again from scratch.
How can you get involved?
This is just one story of one individual who’s life has been changed by our project, but we want to do more, as we still have around 30 people still in need of homes. Therefore we need people to get involved to donate to our housing project.
If you would like to donate please click the button below to find out how.
If you would like to run a fundraiser for this project, please see our fundraiser page here for more ideas during these difficult times.