Faith in Action
When seven siblings were removed from their family in Northern NSW, their situation was challenging in the extreme. Swift action from St Joseph’s Cowper helped the children not only find caring accommodation in the local area, but also addressed their many needs to build a hopeful future.
On one of his routine visits to a small Aboriginal community, 185km from his office in Central Western NSW, Aboriginal men’s worker, Jack, caught up with Lisa. She told him that her husband, Tom, had just lost his job.
At 22, Jacinta found herself in a difficult place: pregnant and facing life as a single mother. With no family support and no friends with children to lean on for help, the Bendigo mum remembers that time as one of fear and uncertainty over what the future held. Thankfully, salvation came in the form of a leaflet detailing a program aimed at young mothers who were expecting, or just given birth to their baby. And at 30 weeks pregnant, it was the lifeline Jacinta had been looking for.
When 14-year-old Ben arrived at Sydney’s Dunlea Centre, he was emotionally hurting, angry and violent and his family was struggling to cope. Today, Ben is calm, thriving at school, engaging with his family and full of hope for a bright future.