My Story

After 40 years in an abusive marriage, I found myself thrown out on the street with nowhere to go and nothing but the clothes on my back. It was a horrible time in my life. I felt completely lost and alone, and had to start from scratch. Thankfully Work & Income found me emergency housing, but the living conditions were pretty miserable and I was getting really sick and having major operations. On top of it all, my husband had always controlled our money so I’d never learnt how to manage everyday expenses. I had debt, was losing track of bills, and using credit to pay for things I couldn’t afford.

Mission for Independence Budgeting set up option 2

My Mission caseworker made such a difference when she came into my life. She brought me food parcels, advocated for me to get the healthcare I needed, and made sure I was taking care of myself. She even helped me find the lovely home I still live in today! She then introduced me to a Mission for Independence financial mentor, and I can’t tell you how much of a relief it was going on their Total Money Management. My income started automatically going to the right places, and I was learning about paying bills and keeping track of my spending. With her ongoing guidance, after a couple of years I paid back all my debt, and even started making savings.

I never expected to have my life change as it did, and if it wasn’t for The Mission during that time I wouldn’t be here today. I still have health challenges but I’m financially secure, and confident – so I can get on with enjoying life and being part of my local community.