Stories

  • + Thomas
    Thomas’ life took a dramatic turn in 2011 when the onset of cataracts left him partially blind.
  • + Patricia
    Patricia never thought she would find herself without a home of her own, especially at a time when her complex medical needs made housing security essential.
  • + Robert
    “When you’re on the street the future don’t look good, but here there’s a bit of hope.”
  • + Chrissy
    Chrissy had been successfully working for over 4 years in the mining industry as a fly-in-fly-out worker when the sudden, quick succession of the deaths of her mum, dad, sister and her much beloved brother led to mental health challenges. She tried to keep working through it, eventually collapsing from physical exhaustion.
  • + Jenny
    “There’s something very special about Campbell’s Club, and having the opportunity to volunteer there. My desire is to make a real difference in someone else’s life and that helps give my own life added purpose,” Jenny said.
  • + Rachelle
    Rachelle made her way to Australia as a 14-year-old refugee, fleeing the war-torn Congo with her Aunt and extended family in 2006. She had lost contact with her own parents during the conflict.
  • + Rebecca
    Rebecca had been living in a granny flat, her premature son still a patient in the hospital when she was evicted. The informal leasing arrangement left her no course for redress. The social worker at the hospital put her in contact with Micah Projects.
  • + Rani
    Devoted mother and talented cook, Rani knows how lucky she is not to have experienced homelessness. As a girl born in the developing nation of Mauritius she felt very lucky to be part of a family where her father was a doctor who believed in educating his daughters.
  • + John
    To meet John today you would not believe that less than two years ago he was experiencing a major depressive episode.
  • + The Parsons Family
    When the bank seized the home they were privately leasing in Gladstone, the confusion in the aftermath regarding their rights and responsibilities as tenants resulted in the Parsons family of seven losing their tenancy.
  • + Angela
    All Hallows’ School has been a strong supporter of Micah Projects for many years reflecting its commitment of working to achieve social justice in the wider community as part of the holistic education of its students, and its commitment to the vision and mission of the Sisters of Mercy.
  • + Hayley
    Hayley had always been quite a strong student, when at age 15 she discovered that she, and her boyfriend of more than a year were expecting a baby. Like women of any age who learn of an unplanned pregnancy there was a period of surprise and disbelief as she came to consider her options, and the future.
  • + Cristine
    “I’ve had a hard life, and now I’m fixing it. With all the damage it’s going to take a bit more time. I’m still scarred, but I’m working on it.”
  • + Cookie
    Cookie was sleeping in Anzac Square when he started to work with the Micah Projects Street to Home team. His literacy levels and his lack of basic forms of ID such as a birth certificate had proven to major barrier to securing housing, but these were challenges the Street to Home team could help him with.
  • + Gabrielle
    “The team at Micah Projects fundamentally believe in what they do – they’re driven, they’re passionate and they know what they are doing. Investing in them gives us maximum impact for our funding dollars.”
  • + Manny
    When Manny, a qualified occupational therapist offered to volunteer at Micah Projects as a way to reconnect with her profession after a 15 year break, cataloguing DVD’s was not what she was expecting.
  • + Herb
    “Given where I’ve come from, I want to help other people. To show them that it’s not all down and out.”
  • + Ian
    “A lot of park people keep things to themselves and will drink themselves to death if no one shows they care.”
  • + Bryan
    Bryan shared his story for Creating Homes: Lives Changing - a 2013 Micah Projects publication.
  • + Anna
    "We understand we need to build that relationship. We need to earn people’s trust. We’re committed to being the people who don’t give up on them."
  • + Ruby
    Ruby features on the cover of Creating Homes: Lives Changing - a 2013 Micah Projects publication showcasing the supportive housing model that allows people to have secure tenure and access to services.
  • + Deejay
    Deejay, like many Australians, was not especially keen on going to the dentist.
  • + Heather
    “Choir has been bloody great. I don’t think I’m any good at bugger all, but I’ve had so many people say to me I’m so darn great with my singing.”
  • + Patty
    Patty has been part of the Micah Projects story since the very beginning. Twenty years ago, at the time Micah Projects was being formed Patty was living on the streets, sleeping in a tent in the grounds of St Mary’s Church in South Brisbane.
  • + Jessica
    “I’ve got bipolar and get depressed without a cat. Charlotte loves it here. She’s still in a kitten stage and runs around the flat. The room is excellent and you get the city lights.”
  • + Andrew
    “I was on the streets for the first time when I was six, climbing out the window to escape my father. And I’ve been on and off for years. I’m a street survivor.”