When Cyril* was referred to our Aboriginal Services, he was so timid and reserved that he struggled to communicate. He had been homeless and was temporarily living in a boarding house, and everything about him - his quietness and his body language - spoke volumes about what he was going through.
“(The men we work with) are amazing men,” says one staff member, “They’re from the streets and they have complicated issues and histories. But they come here and they share and support each other.”
After working with Cyril for a year, the difference in him is incredible. He now has his own accommodation, he’s studying full time and after completing some work experience, he was offered part time employment.
Today, Cyril’s ‘come out of his shell’, has a great sense of humour and is looking forward to the future with new-found confidence.
*not his real name