Jessica (Programs manager - supported accommodation services & the homestay program)

“I look after four services; the Cairns homeless hostel, supported accommodation, homestay and assistance with care and housing for the aged (ACHA).

I have 15 staff working across these services. There is a shortage of services in Cairns and we do what we do because a lot of the time we’re it!

You have to ask yourself; if your family and friends were facing homelessness what supports would you want in place for them? I like what I do and I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t get satisfaction out of the job.

It’s the one client that has hit rock bottom that you’ve been able to help to achieve their goals and turn their life around that makes it all worth it.”

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