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Lighthouse – Brings Hope & Help To Single Parents
Tragic circumstances forced Josie Parata, mum of four, to become a single parent. Now she brings hope and courage to other women through a single mothers’ support service called SMS Lighthouse.
Lighthouse helps single mothers get out of crisis situations. Below are just a few of the many testimonials:
“The day you found me living in my car was the day that my world began to turn around. SMS Lighthouse is an amazing service that helped me to get into the rental market – Theres no way I thought that I could do it, but you helped me to find a way. Living in a 2 bedroom unit is far better than in my car with my 3 year old daughter – Thank you”. – Rachael
“Thank you SMS for meeting me at a park and helping me to fill in Centrelink forms to be able to get some money for myself and my kids to live on”. – Kelly
“Thank you SMS for helping me to find a home for myself and my 4 children”. – Jody
“Thanks SMS for sending C3 Church out to my home with an Emergency Food Box”. – Claire
“I was in corporate, but when divorced my husband took everything and I could no longer work, He left us with no car, Josie nominated me for a car that was being donated from C3 Church. This moment was so so overwhelming. I went away and got re-employed in the most amazing job with phenomenal pay and recently I just brought myself a brand new Lexus and so I decided to re-donated that car to another single mum. Thank you SMS and C3 Church for your support”. – Demi
“Thanks SMS for connecting me to the right services who have now helped with keeping my electricity and gas on at my home”. – Marion
“Thank you SMS for the amazing donation of a car, you have no idea how this car has helped my family to be able to move on. We no longer need to walk up the Alexander Street hill in Collaroy. Amazing”. – Morissa
“Thank you SMS for holding my hand at Family Court – Just knowing you were there with me made a world of difference – your support is much appreciated”. – Kylie
“That box of brand new clothes from Big W that you and your team at SMS turned up to my home with was just amazing. It was rather embarrassing thinking that I had not brought my kids any new clothes for the last year and half. But your generosity of more than enough really really placed huge smiles on my 3 kids faces. It was priceless and I want to thank you so much”. – Carla
“Thank you for consistently every Tuesday having beautiful fresh bread from Baker’s Delight at Dee why for me to come and take for my kids lunches. It really makes a difference”. – Marsha
“It was really wonderful of SMS to think of me when you got given a second hand queen bed donated – I no longer need to sleep on the mattress on my floor”. – Thanks Tiffany
“The day that you came with me to the Centrelink Tribunal was the day that my life began to turn around – we went there with a debt of $32,000 in overpaid fees – you prayed with me and supported me all the way. To walk out of there with them cancelling the debt because of miscommunications was a miracle that I just never thought would happen. I am now attending at C3 church and am dealing with life’s Wobbly’s in a totally different mindset. Thank you SMS”. – Lily
“When I came into your Single Mums Support office at C3 Oxford Falls I never knew my life would change for the better – one thing you told me to do right from the word go was to just keep coming to church every week. Since doing that I have seen many many things turn around in my life. I recently remarried and my mum just got saved. I will never be the same. Thank you for guiding and helping me”. – Monica
“Thank you SMS for organising and even driving the 4 tonne truck from Storage King in Cromer that you managed to get donated in order for me and my 5 children to move homes”. – Marlee
To find out more about SMS Lighthouse, go to www.smslighthouse.org.au.