If there are significant issues impacting your life, such as legal, family, drug and alcohol, and longer-term housing needs, you may be faced with having to find a crisis or urgent short-term accommodation.
Whilst there are many homeless shelters across Australia, you will usually need to talk with a specialist homeless service to help you stay safe, find accommodation, secure support services and get practical assistance while sorting out shelter or housing.
Food and Hygiene
More than half a million Australians are struggling to put food on the table on any given day. While this demonstrates a significant need, it can be hard to know where to look for groceries or a hot meal.
For constantly updated information on free food, as well as doctors, hairdressers, showers and laundromats, you can access Adelaide homelessness journal link for extensive locations and days across Adelaide and South Australia as well as other options.
When a person uses too much alcohol or other drugs on a regular basis, they can feel dependent on them to make it through the day. This addiction can damage a person’s physical, social and mental health because of changes and long-term damage to the brain and other organs.
Treatment for substance misuse and addiction depends on the type of substances involved, and how serious a person’s addiction is.
Counsellors can help if you are struggling with stress or painful emotions. By talking through your problems or concerns, counsellors can help you to see solutions you didn’t know were there. They can also help you find ways to cope better and move on in life.
These professionals may work independently or as part of organisation such as 'Lifewell Counselling' or 'Life Design Counselling'. Some Rahab volunteers are also qualified counsellors, so please contact us to get connected.
Learning another language can be hard, and at times even a little daunting. English classes can help support you through the process, by providing an encouraging group setting to learn in. Many of these English classes are free, or come at a very low cost, making them accessible for everyone.
If you want to improve your conversational English you can always ask a Rahab volunteer when they come to visit you. Many of our volunteers can meet with you one on one to practise speaking English together.
Short courses can create new opportunities in life, through the learning of valuable skills and the development of personal strengths. Undertaking new challenges can also help to build confidence and provide fresh perspective for future plans.
Many courses can be completed online or subsidised and you can find a fairly comprehensive list at the website in this section.
To get paid and find help getting a job you will need to go to a Centrelink office first. Centrelink can provide you with an interpreter for your appointments and Rahab volunteers volunteers can attend Centrelink with you.
Also, if you are a permanent resident or an Australian citizen, Centrelink may pay you while you look for work. You may also get paid if you have dependent children.
Church can provide a supportive community and a safe and restorative place for you to visit. If you would like to visit a church you can ask a Rahab volunteer to pick you up, or just come along anytime.
In this section you will find some of the churches that Rahab volunteers may attend each week.