Chris hopes to help health of the home­less

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing To con­tact Mrs Cleary call 0417 269 475 or email chris@streetmed.org.au

CHRIS Cleary is on a mis­sion to bring back the vil­lage men­tal­ity to ad­vo­cate for the home­less.

She pro­vides street-level care, bridg­ing ser­vices and ad­vo­cacy for the home­less and those at risk of home­less­ness with the reg­is­tered char­ity she founded called StreetMed.

The not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, run solely from her trusty Pa­jero, cov­ers a large sec­tion of Western Syd­ney, in­clud­ing Mt Druitt.

If a per­son liv­ing on the street or at risk of home­less­ness needs med­i­cal at­ten­tion, cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion or on­go­ing men­tal health sup­port, Mrs Cleary is there.

As a trained medic with a back­ground in men­tal health sup­port, she is de­ter­mined to help those who are of­ten over­looked.

“I grew up be­ing taught it takes a vil­lage to raise a child and to care for some­one,” Mrs Cleary said.

“My mis­sion is to bring the vil­lage men­tal­ity back.

“I spend many nights sit­ting in a gut­ter talk­ing to some of the most amaz­ing and re­silient peo­ple I’ve ever met.

“They in­spire me to do what I do.”

Mrs Cleary gave up a full­time job train­ing oth­ers in first aid to ded­i­cate her time to her mis­sion.

She said she couldn’t do it with­out the sup­port of her hus­band and nine-year-old son.

“My hus­band took on a sec­ond job so I could do this,” Mrs Cleary said.

“I can fall in a sob­bing heap on his lap wor­ry­ing if I’m do­ing the right thing by my fam­ily, but he is the first to say I am sav­ing lives, peo­ple are re­ly­ing on me and I can’t give up.

“My son also said to me the other day, ‘mum, I’m re­ally proud of you’.”

StreetMed has joined Mt Druitt PCYC dur­ing its free food stalls to of­fer free blood sugar, blood pres­sure, phys­i­cal and men­tal health checks.

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