"I have received so much reassurance, guidance and support through the art program to re-visit and develop my creativity.”
Elle came to Triple Care Farm in 2016. She had a difficult childhood: she was a victim of childhood sexual abuse and identified herself as the adult child of an alcoholic.
Home life was too much to bear. Her mother’s alcoholism drove her out of the home and onto the streets when she was only 16 years old. ‘Couch surfing’ became her new norm and she managed to hold onto a hospitality job for about a year. However, the job only lasted until Elle’s alcoholism took over. She would miss shifts and eventually lost the job.
Elle recognised that she had fallen into a similar cycle to her mother: drinking almost daily to mask her distress, lying to her friends and damaging relationships.
Upon entering TCF Elle identified that she was experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Anxiety and chronic Alcoholism. However, was determined to make some big changes. And she did! She took up art, reflecting that “I have received so much reassurance, guidance and support through the art program to re-visit and develop my creativity”. In the Aftercare program, TCF staff helped her to secure independent housing and find a job in her local art shop.
Your support has changed her life…for good.
*Name changed to protect young person's identity