"I tell my kids to be social workers, be doctors, work in aged care — I want them to support the community, the way the community has supported us."

Rebecca's Story

Rebecca has experienced unimaginable cruelty. Born in Sudan, just after the start of the second civil war, Rebecca’s childhood was dominated by violence, sexual abuse, and sadness. 

Although she is now safe living in Melbourne’s outer-east, life is still difficult for Rebecca without the support of her extended family.

Years of trauma, living with an intellectual disability and limited English have meant
Rebecca wasn’t given the same opportunities to thrive.

Today, she is a single mum to 10 children living in public housing. She does the best she can to ensure all her children are happy and healthy, but every day is a challenge.

It’s only with your support that we can help people like Rebecca overcome their trauma and build a better future for their children.

"Rebecca doesn't have the capacity herself to teach the children some of those important life skills.

Things like getting the older kids to help mum clean up and do the dishes and teaching the little ones how to make their bed."

– Talia Appleby, Anchor Senior Case Worker

School Supplies

$120 can supply a child with everything they need for school, like a drink bottle, lunch box, backpack, shoes, books and pens.

Donate $120

Appliances & Furniture

$600 can provide a family with essential appliances like a fridge/freezer or washing machine or furniture like beds or tables for the kids to do their homework.

Donate $600

Crisis Accomodation

$1,260 can cover up to a week of crisis accomodation like the motel Rebecca and her family stayed in until their house was safe to live in again.

Donate $1,260

"I have had a lot of bad things happen to me … if I didn’t have my children, I would not be alive … good people like you are holding my heart so that I can survive."

– Rebecca

Our Client Support Fund

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support people like Rebecca and her family, who
need specialised care in 2023 and beyond.  

Thanks to donors like you, Anchor can step in and pay for families like Rebecca’s to stay in a motel for as long as they need.

The fund allows caseworkers like Talia to purchase things that families need to not just survive – but thrive.

We can’t undo the past or erase the horrible start to life Rebecca had.

But we can show her that her community values and supports her. We can support her as she works through her trauma. We can help to set her children up to live happy, healthy and
independent lives.  

Please donate generously this Christmas and help Anchor always be there for families in
our community.

"It’s a challenging time for all Australians. Many who were previously impacted by bushfires, the pandemic, and now the recent floods. With many more feeling the ongoing cost-of-living pressures, particularly across our service areas of Cardinia, Knox, Maroondah and Yarra Ranges.

Rebecca is a good mum. She loves her children more than anything and has instilled in them a desire to give back to our local community."

Heidi Tucker, Anchor CEO

Paying It Forward

It's never been easier for our supporters to pay it forward with monthly recurring donations.

There's a growing demand for our services within our community and the demand is often an unforeseen emergency for children, young people and families.

An ongoing donation, no matter how big or small, is invaluable to our future budgeting and forecasting.

Above all it can provide a proactive approach to ensuring every child, young person and family experiencing disadvantage can obtain the support they need to have a safe and stable home, thrive and achieve their goals in life.

  • $10/month

    For $10 per month over a 12 month period you can supply a child with everything they need for school, like a drink bottle, lunch box, backpack, shoes, books and pens.

    Pay it forward 
  • $50/month

    For $50 per month over a 12 month period you can provide a family with essential appliances like a fridge/freezer or washing machine or furniture like beds or tables for the kids to do their homework.

    Pay it forward 
  • $105/month

    For $105 per month over a 12 month period you can cover a week of crisis accomodation like the motel Rebecca and her family stayed in until their house was safe to live in again.

    Pay it forward 

Christmas Gifts

Buy your Christmas gifts through Anchor this year!

Please dig deep and gift generously this Christmas, with all proceeds going towards supporting children, young people and families experiencing disadvantage within our community.

Christmas is one of the toughest times of the year for families like Rebecca's.

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