Stories

  • + Agnes
    Agnes was standing on the side of the road, suitcases at her feet, as her two youngest children started asking her what was happening. After months of couch-surfing with friends and family, her options had run out and she found herself with nowhere to go, and no place to take her children.
  • + Dennis
    Over half a century later, Dennis still had no idea why he and his brother had spent time in institutional care as children.
  • + 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.
  • + Gary
    Gary and Rosemary have been working with and supporting Micah Projects for over ten years through their small business, All Areas Rubbish Removal.
  • + 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.
  • + Dave
    The Institute of Managers and Leaders (formerly Australian Institute of Management (AIM)) has a proud history of supporting a variety of charities, predominantly through their International Women’s Day Debate lunch, which has been running for 18 years.
  • + Susan
    Susan had always worked and prided herself in her resilience, her work ethic and her ability to pay her own way. But the onset of multiple health issues, a reduction in her capacity to work, and the end of her 16-year, long-term rental accommodation arrangement triggered rapid changes in Susan’s life.
  • + 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 be a major barrier to securing housing, but these were challenges the Street to Home team could help him with.
  • + Sarah
    Growing up in a home free of violence, sexism or misogyny, Sarah never envisaged she would find herself trapped in a violent, abusive relationship.
  • + 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.
  • + 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.
  • + 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.
  • + 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.”
  • + 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.
  • + 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.
  • + Robert
    “When you’re on the street the future don’t look good, but here there’s a bit of hope.”
  • + 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.”
  • + 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."
  • + 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.”