Chris hopes to help health of the homeless
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.