One family’s story

Bill and Cara have 3 children, 2 born in Australia. The moved to Adelaide a few months ago on the promise of full-time work and a house. The reality was the work was initially part-time and now with COVID-19 even this has gone. They pay full market rent for the worst house in the street, albeit with furniture on loan from the landlord who is unable to waive or reduce their rent. On a Bridging Visa, they have no income and no Government support.

As other resources diminished and their fridge emptied, the Rapid Response for Refugees Circle (Circle 110) stepped up. Funds were transferred overnight so they could have food on the table next day.

When rent negotiations failed, money was transferred at the end of day 2 to pay another fortnight, buy food for the Easter weekend, pay an outstanding utilities account, renew mobile phone credit for the parents, become a member of the local Costco and buy a few warm clothes for the children. One volunteer also delivered a few treats for the children who were arguing in the back room at the time (as siblings do)!

This payment scenario will need to be repeated until either a Government payment is available and/or free accommodation in the general area of outer north-east of Adelaide is found for the duration of this crisis. In the meantime, any donations to help this very lovely family will be welcomed. You can make a donation via our secure GiveNow account with reference of “Circle 110: Bill”.