When I moved into Lighthouse I felt happy, safe and secure for the first time in a while. My mum had kicked my brothers out but let me stay at home because I was pregnant, but it wasn’t long after Aidan was born that I realised we would have to leave too.
My midwife was visiting and when I told her we weren’t safe at home she got me an appointment at Lighthouse, to see if there was a place for me. I’m really glad that there was, and we moved in straight away.
I was able to get things on track financially while I was at Lighthouse. I didn’t have to worry about bills or food and rent was cheap, just a portion of my Centrelink payment. There are plenty of toys and books for the babies and toddlers in the Mums n Bubs home and I grew a strong relationship with the main carer there, Barb. We are still good friends and keep in contact, she was like a mother to me.
I had never really celebrated my birthday before but Barb made me a cake and everyone at the office made me feel special, even though I didn’t know all of the workers that well. I was pretty happy that day.
My partner and I had always planned to move in together because we wanted to raise Aidan with a mum and a dad, which neither of us had growing up. Finding a rental property is hard, especially when it’s your first rental, and Lighthouse gave me a good reference which really helped. They connected me with other services and we were able to get second hand furniture for our new home and a brand new washing machine and fridge, and everything we needed for the kitchen. I also got some food as well, I was very grateful for that.
We had our second boy, Archie, last year and Aidan will be starting school soon. It’s been a few years since I moved out but I’m still really close to Barb and to Lighthouse. I know that if I ever need to talk to someone there’s a psychologist at the office I can go and see for free to chat about anything. I still get Christmas presents for myself and my two boys which is kind of cool too.
I’m so happy to hear about the two new homes opening soon for young mothers because I think they are really needed, there are a lot of young women getting pregnant and it’s so sad when you hear about young homeless people. If I ever won Tattslotto I’d donate heaps because I know it’s going to a great cause. I really like Lighthouse Foundation and I wish it was more known in the community. I hope they can continue supporting young people who are going through a hard time in their lives.
Thank you for letting me share my story.