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Casey’s courage brings her home

Casey* was pregnant, sleeping in the streets and struggling with drug addiction when she came to Baptist Care SA’s Inner City Centre for help.

She was determined to turn her life around and care for her unborn child.

She was immediately referred to a short term supported boarding facility and into a therapeutic support service and a local Aboriginal health service to support her to care for her child.

Casey reduced her drug use and received glowing reports from the boarding house manager as she studiously saved a bond deposit. She was ready to live independently and recommended for long-term housing through the Adelaide Zero Project Housing Allocation Process.

To prepare her for her big move, big-ticket items such as a washing machine, bed and fridge were brokered and Casey was assisted to connect essential services to the property.

As Christmas and summer heat approached, Casey was off the streets for good – safely housed in her own home and close to her support networks. She has studied hard and even recently gained her driver’s license!  Baptist Care SA is continuing to support her as she happily anticipates the birth of her child.

“Casey takes ownership of her story and is ready to move forward with her life. She has been wonderful and brave; her own best advocate,” said Rebecca, her Support worker.

Casey is the 50th person to be housed by Baptist Care SA through the Adelaide Zero Project. We are currently working to support and house a further 116 people who are sleeping rough.

 

*not her real name

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