Abraham grew up in a refugee camp in the Ivory Coast and arrived in Australia in the middle of winter. His clearest memories of that time are of being intensely cold and often lost. Shortly after his arrival, Abraham became homeless.
He was young, frightened and in surroundings that were as unlike life in a West African refugee camp as he could imagine.
Abraham was referred to Baptist Care and was housed through our youth homelessness service.
“After a few nights in emergency housing, I lived in the SASH* house, which supports homeless young people to finish school. I was there for three years and it had a really, really great impact on me. The support workers helped me with my homework and showed me how to cook meals.”
After successfully completing year 12, Abraham went on to become a qualified youth worker.
“People were there for me as I grew up,” he explains, “and I want to do the same for others.”
Abraham has since joined Baptist Care’s pastoral care support team, working with others experiencing homelessness.
*Student Accommodation Support House