– Ex resident Mum, Dad and four children.
We want you to see the impact of your giving. The personal quotes and stories are the connection between your dollars donated and the positive outcomes they achieve.
They are taken from our recent independent survey of past resident families.
Images of De Paul House, Early childhood Centre
Bill* went from 20 years stability to homelessness. *Name changed
Bill had the full-time care of his two sons. He was working part time and living in a small rural town. Then everything changed when the landlord decided to sell the rental. Despite applying for rentals, Bill could not find a home. In desperation, he took a friend's offer to move and share a house in South Auckland. This meant uplifting the boys from their community, wider whānau, and school.
After six months of insecure and temporary housing, Bill was offered a three-bedroom unit at De Paul House. Bill admitted to his Social
Worker that he was stressed and felt a failure for not providing stability for his sons. Bill and his sons moved in excited to each have
their own bedroom.
Bill attended the Community learning Centre Ready to Rent programme, addressed debt through the budget service and discussed options for finding work. The boys again started a new high school. We equipped them with a chrome book to help the boys with online learning.
It took six months before an offer of a social housing unit in North Auckland was received. This involved many hours of advocacy and support from the social work team. This meant another change of school for the boys.
De Paul House assisted with furniture, practical kitchen ware and appliances to equip the house. At a recent follow-up call, Bill was relaxed and confident. He had started a fitness course that will lead to becoming a qualified personal trainer.
My boys asked me “Is this the last move Dad? We like our new school. Can we stay?” I am so proud of them.”