How wonderful it is to share April’s story of inspiration in our newsletter. April has been working with Anglicare’s counselling team since 2011. After three decades of chronic alcohol and drug addiction, April has now been clean and sober for four years. Committed to her goals, April is building a new life for herself. She attends a new church, has made new friends, repaired damaged family relationships, and repaid past debts – she has zealously worked to better her life.
April was helped by her Sustainable Living Case Manager, where her primary goals were to maintain sobriety, move to a different Housing Trust, complete a TAFE qualification in Community Services, and apply to be a foster carer – a dream she previously had to let go of due to her past addictions.
Partnering with the Case Manager, April enrolled in TAFE. Within six months she had completed a Certificate III in Community Services – an exciting achievement considering April had not engaged in education for thirty five years. She applied for and was granted relocation to a townhouse near the city centre.
Now four years clean and sober, April has registered with a local community organisation to become a foster carer for children aged birth to two years who are in crisis placements. A rigorous assessment process followed April’s initial application and after four months of meetings, testing, background checks and education, she has once again successfully achieved her goals. April is now a registered foster carer.