Luke ran away from home when he was just 15. His dad was an alcoholic and his mum had left years ago. One night, after coming home after a big night at the pub, Luke’s dad was full at rage and ended up fighting with Luke. This is the night Luke left.
He stayed with friends, a few nights at a time. He would pretend everything was normal, not wanting to admit the troubles he had had at home and that he was now homeless. But keeping up this front became a struggle, Luke made the decision to live on the streets.
“At first I was ok. I kept to myself and slept a lot. I stopped going to school and just focussed on adjusting to being homeless and keeping a low profile. The nights were the hardest. It would be cold and I was alone with my thoughts. I would get angry at my dad, knowing he wasn’t out looking for me.”
But eventually, living on the streets took its toll. Luke isolated himself from his friends, spiralling into a dark depression. He just wanted to feel numb. This is when he first took Ice.
Soon, Luke spent all his time high or chasing his next hit. He was addicted to Ice. He was stealing from local stores – food, clothes and anything he could sell to support his addiction. He didn’t care about anything or anyone anymore.
One night, Luke overdosed. He was found, lying in the street by a man walking home after work. Luke woke up in hospital.
Withdrawing from Ice was painful and Luke hated hospital, but his only other option was the streets. He was scared.
Talking with hospital staff, Luke learned about Triple Care Farm. He knew that if he didn’t get off drugs now he’d end up dead.
Luke has been at Triple Care Farm for 2 weeks now. He is adjusting to the new routine and participating in the education and skill development programs.
“The staff at the farm really care about all of us. They don’t judge us on our mistakes but want to help us make the changes we want to make. I haven’t felt like I mattered until coming to Triple Care Farm. It makes me want to try to be a better person.”
Thank you for caring about young people like Luke.
*Name and image changed to protect identity.