NEW HOME: Things are looking up for Saba James Nawakie who attended Homeless Connect yesterday.
NEW HOME: Things are looking up for Saba James Nawakie who attended Homeless Connect yesterday. Allan Reinikka Rokahomeles

Homeless Connect put Saba in touch with many organisations

HE MAY only be 20 years old, but Rockhampton's Saba Nawakie has already been in and out of various homeless shelters.

He has depended on community groups since he was 15, as he said he could no longer live at home due to family issues.

Saba was one of many people who attended Rockhampton's Homeless Connect event yesterday, where a range of agencies and services were available to provide essential services to people who need them most.

More than 100 clients and about 30 organisations and businesses attended.

The event put Saba in touch with many organisations that have already helped him through the years, like CQID (Central Queensland Indigenous Development) and Darumbal Community Youth Services.

"I think that these organisations are really good, they're really helpful for those people who are homeless," he said.

"I'm really grateful that they're doing something about it in the community."

While he has met many people in shelters who live on the street, Saba has been lucky. After six months in a men's shelter the Department of Housing was able to help him find accommodation in Yeppoon, where he has lived for about three weeks.

Before that he also stayed in a house in Rockhampton, but said he was kicked out because he let other homeless people he knew stay there for too long.

"Sometimes it can be a struggle living here (in Rockhampton)," he said.

"It was a big change for me (moving into a house), because I was used to being in teenage shelters."

He hopes moving to Yeppoon will help him "get away from all the stress" and make it easier to get employment.

Services that can help:

Ozcare's Rockhampton Hostel, 233 Alma St or 1800 474 753.

A hostel for homeless people to receive meals and temporary accommodation.

CQID, Building 26, Darambal Rd, CQUniversity or 4920 0000. Offers a range of services including family support, youth outreach, and training programs.

Phillip St Health Service, 187-189 Phillips St, North Rockhampton or 4926 6999. Medical help is provided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.

Ozcare's Homeless Early Intervention, 87 Alma St or 4937 4232. Helps to prevent people becoming homeless by providing support to maintain their accommodation.

Anglicare, 164 Musgrave Park Lane, 4927 8200. Programs include counselling, child safety, housing, youth work, supporting the homeless and assisting with mental illness.



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