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Sally has a severe physical disability and is unable to speak.
Unfortunately Sally’s father wasn’t able to cope with her disabilities and turned to drugs.
For their own safety Abigail, (Sally’s mum) left taking Sally with her.
After taking increasing amounts of time off work to care for Sally, Abigail was forced to resign from her job.
She sold most of her possessions in a desperate bid to meet Sally’s medical costs and living expenses – she even put their dog on Gumtree as she could no longer afford to keep him – but even this couldn’t save them from eviction.
Scared, with no money, no support and no-where to live, Abigail and Sally soon found themselves in a boarding house with odd people wandering around and mould growing in the room. They even had to visit the local pool for clean showers. Sally’s health got worse and Abigail’s stress increased.
Alone, desperate and having lost everything Abigail and Sally walked through Windermere’s doors. Windermere paid Abigail’s debt arrears so she could get bond assistance from the Office of Housing, and secured a private rental for her and Sally.
As a dedicated and loving mother, Sally has always been Abigail’s number one priority, but they do struggle financially and Christmas is a luxury they simply can’t afford.
(Through Kids on Track) I learnt more about how drugs and alcohol affect our bodies. I don't want to end up the same way as Dad so I can now care for my body and make better decisions than what he did.
(After the Healthy Women Healthy Relationships course) I am on the lookout now - next time I am in a relationship, I will be able to recognise the signs of domestic violence and I won’t let myself get stuck in that sort of position again.
An Afternoon of Wellness was an inspiring event. To hear from people whose lives have been turned around is wonderful.
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