Food services make huge difference

Ebrina accessed food services when she was going through hard times.
Ebrina accessed food services when she was going through hard times.

EBRINA is happy, healthy and employed thanks to the food services she was able to access following a marriage breakdown.

The mother of two boys said she went through a difficult time mentally and ended up in hospital.

“When I was discharged I linked in with some services that got me back on track,” Ebrina said.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Ebrina had access to free bread, fruit and vegetables at Minnawarra House in Armadale.

“It meant I only had to buy the real basics and it left me money for fuel so I could get to work,” she said.

“I was also able to save money for bills.”

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Just 50 cents can provide a meal for someone in need.

Ebrina said providing food services to people down on their luck improved their physical and mental health and led to better employment prospects.

Nowadays, Ebrina is using her lived experience to help others as a Financial Support Worker and Shift Supervisor at the Hardship Utility Grant Scheme (HUGS) Service Centre in Armadale that is operated by the Financial Counselling Network.

The team connects eligible clients with services and grant opportunities and helps them formulate affordable payment plans.

“The ultimate goal is financial stability,” Ebrina said.

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