For years I was physically, verbally and emotionally abused! Because of this I blamed myself for everything that went wrong in my life and in the lives of those around me.
I’d always promised myself that I would give my kids a better life than I had, but when my marriage fell apart, I sank further and further into debt.
I couldn’t even put food on the table and I was left feeling destitute and hopeless. I was petrified of losing my children and couldn’t sleep because I was constantly stressing about money.
Not being able to provide even the simplest of things for my kids took me over the edge to the point where I was suicidal. A social worker overheard me crying when I went to Centrelink for help. She asked me if I’d been to CAP for help and gave me the CAP helpline phone number.
Jane, my CAP debt coach, visited me in my home a few days after I made the initial call. She was fantastic and made me feel so loved and accepted and she didn’t judge me at all. Everything she said made sense to me and I was amazed at how simple everything was. Jane showed me how to organise the payment of my bills and helped me put a budget together. All of the harassing calls from creditors were redirected to CAP Head Office and having this pressure taken off me, allowed me to start feeling in control of my life again.
Jane invited me to church a few times and when I finally accepted, I was surprised at how lovely everyone was. Everyone accepted me for who I was and no one judged me.
Since becoming a Christian, my life has done a complete turnaround in all areas! My doctor who has been treating me for 27 years can’t believe the changes in me. I used to feel like I was living in a dark room, with no air or ventilation but now I see life in colours - everything is so new and so different. I feel like a new born baby that’s come out to an exciting, new, hope filled world. I feel more whole now than ever before and I’m so excited about the future!
I honestly believe CAP saved my life and has opened up a world of possibilities for me and my children!