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When your mother forces you onto the street: Anna's story

When your mother forces you onto the street: Anna's story

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Anna’s mother started a new relationship – and at the same time began using ICE and other illicit drugs. Anna, a teenager at the time, would receive abuse from her mother on a daily basis, being accused of being a problem in her mother’s life.

Traumatised, Anna herself began abusing drugs, including ICE and marijuana to help overcome what she was feeling.

Heartbreakingly, Anna’s mother would say that there was no room for Anna to live with her  - unlike her siblings – and eventually forced her out of home.

With no other means of support, Anna spent a long time sleeping on the street or in cars, a perilous existence for anyone, especially a young person.

Anna had been rejected by her mother her whole life and battled with her self-worth on a daily basis, believing that no one would ever care about her.  Because of this, Anna felt distrustful of people – and organisations who could help her.  Eventually, her desperation pushed her to reach out and she contacted one of the Property Industry Foundation’s Charity Partners, Marist180.

Anna is currently residing in crisis accommodation with Marist180. She is working in a casual job and trying to overcome her anger and trauma issues as well as her drug use. Anna’s Marist180 caseworker and youth workers are providing a caring and nurturing environment as well as working with Anna to build her life skills for an independent living arrangement in the near future.

In 2017 we opened the 6-bedroom PIF House Blacktown for Marist180 to accommodate at-risk and homeless young people. The home is now accommodating five young people at a time, in addition to a live-in carer, thanks to the collaboration of the Property Industry Foundation, Frasers Property Australia and Marist180. Find out more about the PIF House Program.

*Name and image changed to protect identity