Give peo­ple hope

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

EBRINA is happy, healthy and em­ployed, thanks to the food ser­vices she was able to ac­cess fol­low­ing a mar­riage break­down.

The mother of two boys said she went through a dif­fi­cult time men­tally and ended up in hos­pi­tal.

“When I was dis­charged, I linked in with some ser­vices that got me back on track,” Ebrina said.

On Tues­days and Thurs­days, Ebrina had ac­cess to free bread, fruit and veg­eta­bles at Min­nawarra House in Ar­madale.

“It meant I only had to buy the real ba­sics and it left me money for fuel so I could get to work,” she said.

“I was also able to save money for bills.”

Com­mu­nity News has joined the Feed WA Ap­peal, a na­tional fundraiser that uses do­na­tions to pro­vide grants to not-for-profit groups that help peo­ple in your neigh­bour­hood.

Just 50 cents can pro­vide a meal for some­one in need.

Ebrina said pro­vid­ing food ser­vices to peo­ple down on their luck im­proved their phys­i­cal and men­tal health and led to bet­ter em­ploy­ment prospects.

Nowa­days, Ebrina is us­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence to help oth­ers as a fi­nan­cial sup­port worker and shift su­per­vi­sor at the Hard­ship Util­ity Grant Scheme (HUGS) Ser­vice Cen­tre in Ar­madale op­er­ated by the Fi­nan­cial Coun­selling Net­work.

The team con­nects eli­gi­ble clients with ser­vices and grant op­por­tu­ni­ties, and helps them for­mu­late af­ford­able pay­ment plans.

“The ul­ti­mate goal is fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity,” Ebrina said.

To learn more, do­nate or ap­ply for a grant, go to feedap­peal.org.au and fol­low the links. IT all started with a cas­sette of Bon Jovi’s

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