Fiona’s Story

Australia has witnessed a distressing surge in the number of homeless women, particularly among those aged 55 and above, with a 6% increase observed over the past four years.

As one of many finding themselves affected by this unfortunate trend Fiona found herself in a dire situation following the ending of a difficult relationship and struggles with alcoholism. She has been able to rebuild her life since coming to Sheltered by Grace. This is her story.

The Start of the Journey

Fiona moved in with her daughter and grandchildren following a difficult breakup. Struggling with her health and battling alcohol addiction, Fiona became a burden on her daughter, who ultimately had to ask her to leave. With nowhere to go, Fiona found herself on the brink of homelessness, facing an uncertain and daunting future.

A Second Chance

When Fiona came to Sheltered by Grace, she became a part of our community, completing our Rehab Recovery program and then moving onto our 6-month Peer Support Program. Although not an easy road, Fiona committed to doing the work required to transform her life. She has since taken on the role of Caretaker and is looking at studying in the area of Community Care.

The Road to Redemption

During her initial year in the Sheltered by Grace community, Fiona faced the heartbreaking reality of not seeing her family. This separation took a toll on her emotional well-being, but by doing the work required, she has been able to gradually transform her life. Fiona's family now recognise her efforts and she has been welcomed her back with open arms. The renewed relationship with her daughter and grandchildren has brought immeasurable joy to Fiona's life.

A Supportive Community

Our Sheltered by Grace community has played a pivotal role in Fiona’s journey. It provided her with more than just shelter; it offered a sense of belonging, compassion, and understanding. Living in close quarters with others facing similar hardships creates an atmosphere where people can rely on one another for support. Fiona describes the Sheltered by Grace community as a "little family," a place where residents can lean on each other and lift each other up during their darkest moments.

The Power of Community Support

The support Fiona receives from her newfound community is the cornerstone of her transformation. She acknowledges the positive impact of collective care and how it boosted her confidence and motivation to overcome her challenges. In this close-knit environment, people rally around one another, providing a metaphorical hug that lifts spirits and instils a belief in one's ability to persevere.


Fiona's journey from homelessness to rediscovering happiness serves as an inspiring tale of resilience and the transformative power of community support. Her story sheds light on the increasing number of homeless women in Australia and the pressing need for comprehensive solutions to address their unique challenges. Fiona's experience demonstrates that by fostering a caring environment where empathy and assistance flourish, we can uplift those in need and help them rebuild their lives. It is through such collective efforts that we can strive to eliminate homelessness and create a more compassionate society for all.

Please donate to help others like Fiona get their lives back on track. All amounts help.