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Vernon - Queensland

“Nothing bad happened to me, I had the best loving parents ever …. I just loved everything about destroying myself.”

When he was younger Vernon’s life took a downwards spiral after he began drinking. “I became an alcoholic (while) being a carer looking after my mum, so I could find time to sleep … When I went to rehab I recognised the science of what it does to you. I said sorry probably 200 times.”

After he stopped drinking, Vernon spent three-and-a-half years living on the streets, before finding his way to our community support centre. “It was a good influence. When I saw people taking turns in cooking I got a sense of what family meant. We’re all part of the street family.”

Vernon doesn’t live on the streets anymore. “I have the best place in Brisbane, I have two kittens … they eat more food than me.”

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