Kerry's Story

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Kerry joined Restore in May 2023. She became homeless due to a relationship breakdown, and was offered a room in our shared female house, where she lived for about a month before moving into one of our single occupancy bedsits.

Although prior to her relationship ending she’d been anxious about how things would work out if she left, once she made the decision to step out on her own, everything fell into place, and she really felt as though God had provided for her. She says Restore gave her a “lifeline,” and the confidence to start over.

One way that Restore helped Kerry prepare for moving into her own tenancy was the connection with Christians Against Poverty (CAP), where she undertook a money management course and life skills training. Some of the social events she participated in during her time with us really helped to push her out of her comfort zone, such as the high ropes course at Dalby Forest, where she conquered her fear of heights.

After about six months with Restore Kerry was offered a council property and she moved in just before Christmas 2023. She’s passionate about using her life experiences to help other people, so she’s undertaking a level 2 counselling course and is hoping to use this to support other people going through similar circumstances. She’s looking forward to growing in her relationship with God and seeing what plans He has for her future. Kerry says what she appreciated most about her time at Restore was knowing that the support was there if she needed it, but it wasn’t forced upon her, so she was able to develop her independence, knowing that she had the safety net of help if she required it. She describes it as

giving me the freedom to find my way.

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