A series of events led to Keith's life spiralling out of control four years ago.
Keith is legally blind and also has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Attention Defi cit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With the death of his mother and long term relationship ending, he became homeless, living on the street with his guide dog. Although he found temporary accommodation, due to his ongoing mental health issues, Keith struggled financially, and with daily activities such as shopping. After hearing about Vinnies services, Keith reached out requesting emergency relief assistance so he could begin to better manage living on his own.
Vinnies Emergency Assistance Program provides basic necessities such as food, clothing, household items, utility bill and rental assistance together with offering referrals and advocacy through home visitations by volunteers or attendance at a Vinnies Support Centre. Keith talks about the happiness he has, and personalised support he receives, when Vinnies volunteers visit, regularly assisting him with food vouchers, clothing and financial counselling. Having gained confidence managing his situation and disabilities, Keith tries to donate where possible any extra money to Vinnies from his pension. He feels this is one small way he can give back to Vinnies that were, and continues to be there, when times were hard.