I have worked hard all my life. After serving in the armed forces as a signal operator, I have been a landscape gardener and worked in agriculture.

Twenty years ago, my life changed when I was involved in a serious car accident and suffered a brain injury. I had to learn how to do everything again, from walking to eating. I was unable to work so I went to college to learn how to read and write again. Unfortunately, I cannot retain certain information, so this is something I am still working on. I lived with my parents and as they became older and of ill health, I found myself homeless and consequently living in a hostel, aged 54.

I came to Emmaus in June 2021 and felt so welcome. Being part of the Emmaus community, I felt like I had a purpose again and a family. I have lived here for just over a year and in that time, I have come a long way. I have developed on my skills, and I have been given the opportunity to work alongside others that have been in a similar situation to me. My confidence has grown, and I feel I am now at a point in my life where I am able to move on and live independently.

I am pleased to share I have recently accepted a property of my own!