Sam's Story

Sam is 37 years old and a single mother of two teenage daughters. She was a chronic ice user. Two years ago she lost custody of her daughters and her ice use and criminal activity were spiralling out of control. Sam was incarcerated at the beginning of 2015.

Upon Sam’s release in August 2015, she found herself homeless, her family had cut off all contact and she had lost all of her possessions. She was referred to our Supported Accommodation property in Redcliffe and signed a lease in early September 2015.

During her 12 months at the property, Sam regained custody of her youngest daughter and re-established family connections. Sam has actively and successfully engaged in the support program run by Open Minds and has been attending intensive counselling and Narcotics Anonymous.

She has enrolled in TAFE and most importantly she has remained clean. She now has goals for her future.

After Sam had completed 12 months at the Supported Accommodation facility as a model tenant, bric offered her a two bedroom unit under the CRS program, where she lives with her younger daughter.

Sam says without the opportunity, stability and support bric and Open Minds have given her, she would never have been able to take back control of the direction of her life. She says she now feels hopeful for her future.