November 08, 2019
Luke, Gabrielle and Liam.
Leading up to the arrival of their daughter, Aria, 18 months ago, the couple struggled for two years to find a place to call home. When living arrangements with a relative became unsustainable, Gabrielle, then heavily pregnant, and Luke, were facing homelessness.
“We’d tried just about everything,” Luke said. “Rental agents were unable to find us anything suitable and we were needing somewhere safe and secure to raise our daughter who was about to be born.
“As a last resort, we called a nearby homeless centre. That was the call that changed everything. They put us in touch with Junction and they assisted us to get into where we are living now at Morphett Vale, not far from our family and friends in Victor Harbor.”
Since then, Junction has also worked with Luke and Gabrielle through the organisation’s community services program.
Gabrielle said outreach support worker, Liam, had been “fantastic.”
“Liam regularly checks in on us to see how we’re getting along,” she said.
“Some days it might be our general wellbeing and just to say hi, or other days to make sure we’re managing financially. We never expected that constant level of support.”
With Christmas beckoning, Luke, Gabrielle and Aria will be among client families to benefit from the 2019 Junction Christmas Appeal.
“We’ve just had Aria’s birthday and everything starts to add up,” Luke said.
“We’re going okay but it’s hard and we’re so grateful to have some help.”
“It’s something to look forward to.”
REDARC staff wrapping presents for our clients and families.
Christmas is traditionally a season when families come together to celebrate. However, for many of our clients, the coming weeks are among the loneliest, most stressful and overwhelming. The pressures can be especially tough for families in financial hardship, those experiencing domestic and family violence, and people who are homeless or at risk of sleeping rough.
Together, through our Appeal, we can bring some much needed cheer at this time of year.
It’s a Junction tradition to support families in need every year with food hampers. Every donation makes a difference, no matter the amount.
We ask for any toy donations to be left unopened and unwrapped with a simple label stating whether it’s for a boy or a girl and the age range. This way we can ensure caregivers select the perfect toy for every child.
Non-perishable food products like canned goods, dried goods, rolled grains, oats and cereals, dry or longlife milk, spreads, biscuits, chocolates and snacks help families beyond the Christmas Day celebrations.
Donations of food and toys by Friday 6 December is appreciated to enable staff time to deliver before Christmas Day.
Junction Head Office
168 Greenhill Road
Parkside SA 5063
34 Christies Beach Road
Christies Beach SA 5165
31B Cadell Street
Goolwa SA 5214
KI Community Centre
16 Telegraph Road
Kingscote SA 5223