Kate’s New Start

Why should our shelter offer a bed to 58 year old Kate? No way our shelter should offer a bed to Kate . . . of aboriginal heritage and until recently she consumed around two litres of alcohol a day. But there’s more to Kate’s story.

 

After successfully completing a detox program, Kate contacted our shelter and had the mental clarity and conviction to want to change her life. She decided to share the real story behind her addiction. Trained to listen and not to judge, our caseworkers decided to welcome Kate and help turn her life around.

Some time before, both Kate’s beautiful sons had died within 14 months of each other from a rare blood disorder. Even though there was nothing she could have done to prevent the deaths, Kate was overwhelmed with feelings of guilt. She just didn’t understand how this could have happened to her precious family. Her community offered no support and her husband coped with his grief with physical and mental violence against Kate. Having a drink, then another and another helped eased the physical and mental pain. Kate’s life spiralled downwards.

Part of the case plan prepared in the first few days of shelter arrival, Kate’s caseworker asked what she had always wanted to achieve. They discovered that Kate had previously begun a law degree but had been unable to complete her studies. During her three month shelter stay, caseworkers worked tirelessly to achieve a wonderful new start for Kate.

Caseworkers successfully applied for a $10,000 grant from Victim Services to provide Kate with a safety net to financially secure her future.

They also championed Kate’s case with the local university with excellent results. Kate is now a full time law student with a complete scholarship, including university housing for the full four year duration of her degree. As well, Kate has access to on-campus counselling whenever she needs it plus uni learning support if required.

“Kate is loving uni and doing really, really well,” comments Shelter Manager, Hylette Evans. “She feels that she has now got her life back on track. The far reaching initiatives implemented from her case plan have given Kate all the tools she needs to begin a whole, new life. We are so proud of her.”

 

Kate is not her real name

 

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