A simple act of kindness puts David on a new path
- 23 August 2021 11:44AM
A simple act of kindness from a good Samaritan helped David, a Torres Strait Islander man, get off the streets and find support to manage a health condition he didn’t know he had.
David had fallen into homelessness, following the death of his brother, ex-partner and father in a 12-month period.
“I struggled with grief, started drinking to cope, lost my job and my rental accommodation,” David said.
“I remember talking to a lady at the bus stop when I suddenly had a seizure.
“She must have called the ambulance for me because I woke up in hospital.”
When he recovered, David’s hospital social worker referred him to the Sunshine Coast Homelessness Hub, which provides temporary accommodation for those experiencing homelessness,
“Coming to the Hub has completely changed my life,” David said.
“I spent six months sleeping on the beach or in a park before I came to the Hub.”
“Having my own room with a bed, a shower and three meals a day is a privilege.”
Having stable accommodation, and support from the Hub team, has helped David address his health condition.
“I have been having tests at the hospital to work out what caused the seizure and I found out I have type 2 diabetes,” David said.
“I am seeing a diabetes counsellor from Queensland Health so that I can learn to manage my condition.”
David’s case manager Joel, from IFYS, is helping David connect to the support he needs to transition into long-term housing.
He has seen David make many positive changes in his life since arriving at the Hub.
“David has engaged with drug and alcohol supports and has been sober for five months,” Joel said.
“He is seeing the on-site mental health nurse to manage his grief, working with a housing officer to get long-term accommodation and has seen a financial counsellor to make a budget for independent living and an employment counsellor about getting back into work.”
David says living at the Hub has “helped him immensely” to move forward and he is confident he will find a job in the future.
“I have worked most of my life as a plasterer and quality assessor in the building trade. I would love to work in trade, hopefully at Bunnings.”