Dee's road to recovery

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Dee looking at photos of her son.

After experiencing homelessness, Dee* knew she needed help. She was 42, had lived through childhood trauma, mental health challenges and her behaviour was still erratic. But then Dee's support worker told her about a new rooming house opening soon.

Dee moved into Sacred Heart Mission’s Queens Road Rooming House the day it opened. This, she says, is when life really turned around for her.

“I just don't know where I would be now if I hadn't ended up there...I found the staff really helpful, you could go to them with anything. They put me through two hospitality courses, and the art program at Queens Road was brilliant.”

Research shows that art helps the healing process for people who have experienced trauma. Since 2008 the art studio at Queens Road has been a safe space for people like Dee to be creative, express their emotions and overcome their past.

Please make a donation this winter to help support therapeutic programs like this, which have a huge impact on the lives of people actively working to overcoming disadvantage.

With this newfound stability and confidence came other important milestones for Dee:

“Without Sacred Heart Mission, I wouldn't have got back in contact with my sons...The staff were so happy. They rang my room and said, 'Dee, your son's here'. I ran downstairs and we had this big hug, everyone was crying”

This heartwarming reunion is just one example of how, no matter what barriers someone encounters, it is possible to recover from complex trauma. With support, community, and a home, we have seen people make astounding progress.

Together we can make a difference.

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*Dee kindly agreed to share her story, but requested her name be changed to respect her privacy.

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