Help comes knocking
AFTER 31 years of marriage to an “unpredictable” man, Netta Turner (52) was suddenly on the street.
The man who vowed to love and cherish her was prone to violent outbursts.
One such incident 18 years ago left Ms Turner, who is profoundly deaf, with a spinal injury and having to use a wheelchair.
“My husband is an alcoholic,” she said.
“He’d been drinking since he was about 15 years old and is almost 70 now; over time alcohol ruins the brain and for the last year or so prior to that he just got worse.
“He was very unpredictable; he wasn’t the man he used to be.”
Ms Turner’s husband threw her out of the house last October.
“One Sunday morning, on the 29th of October, he suddenly said ‘I don’t love you anymore, I don’t want to be married’ and he grabbed some bags of my stuff and through them out the door,” she said. “I had to follow them. “From there I went to the Salvation Army church where I’d been going for the past year,
“I’m a member of the church and explained everything and said ‘what am I supposed to do?’. They managed to find me a room at a backpackers for about four days until I was able to move into the Beacon (crisis accommodation).”
Ms Turner said finding a suitable home was not easy.
“It’s very difficult to find somewhere that’s wheelchair accessible,” she said.
“I have now been living at the Beacon for almost five months, but I have managed to find somewhere.
“I haven’t moved in yet because it needs some modifications, but I have managed to find somewhere in Mt Hawthorn.”
The retired teacher wants to continue volunteering with an adult literacy class, planned by the Salvation Army.
“With my teaching experience, I’m pretty sure I can help others to learn to read or write,” she said.
“I help with the Red Shield Appeal; I’m always collecting and doing things.”