Cheryl, now in her late teens, could have easily become another ‘statistic’. But luckily, she found Triple Care Farm just in time. Cheryl arrived in a desperate state – drug dependent, a failed suicide attempt behind her, jobless and in debt. Her life was ruled by drugs and she had hit rock bottom. She spent all of her time with her drug dealer and rarely made any time for her parents.
"Life was spiralling out of control--I was a mess! Instead of reaching out to the people who love me, I decided I would take my own life, thinking my friends and family would be better off without me.”
Thankfully, Cheryl was unsuccessful in her attempts, but found herself in a psychiatric ward. After three months, she was better, but was still unhappy. She barely spoke to her parents and when she did, the most they would get was a grunt. Cheryl continued to put her parents through hell.
"My parents were frustrated, and with good reason. I had no goals and no hope. They couldn't understand why I was feeling the way I was and I wasn't open enough to tell them. Drugs had been in my life since I was 16 and I didn't know how to face life without them."
Cheryl bravely packed her bags and went off to the Farm. In the first few weeks, she found it hard to relate to anyone and tended to isolate herself. As time went on, she became more accepting of others' stories. Cheryl slowly began to open up and learned over time to trust other students and the dedicated staff.
“The staff at the farm are truly amazing. They go out of their way to assist us in any way they can. They really believe in every student who walks through the doors. Beyond the farm work and the accredited courses, some of us learnt to listen and to accept others. Some us of even learnt to trust again. But, most of all, we finally understood that drugs and alcohol doesn't fix problems. They only make them worse."
Through the commitment and ongoing support of Triple Care Farm staff, Cheryl’s journey has a happy outcome. Now in a full time job in customer service and studying at TAFE, Cheryl is learning to become an interpreter for the deaf, two nights a week.
“I can finally say I am truly happy. I could not have made it this far without Triple Care Farm. Thank you so much. And to my family--I have put you through hell and can’t express how sorry I am. But, I hope you all can see how far I have come and how determined I am to live a happy, normal life. I love you all very much and I can safely say, with confidence, that the hell is over."
Cheryl's family agrees that since leaving the Farm she is like a new person with goals and a direction in life. Determined to succeed, Cheryl no longer sees herself as a burden to those who love her.
Every day, Triple Care Farm helps young people like Cheryl to break free from the addictions and unstable lifestyles that set them on a destructive path. With ongoing support and assistance, they are able to re-enter society as functioning young adults with skills, experience and new found self-confidence. Thank you for the long-term change that you make possible through your generous donations.