I have been part of the C.O.A.C.H program for about three years. It has really helped me make changes in my life and become a happier person. Many things have happened in the last few years and my mentor and CityLife Community Care (CLCC) have helped me in many ways. My mentor has walked beside me during my difficult times and shared my happy times too. When I first started on the program, I was not in the right frame of mind. Talking through my problems with someone who was there to listen to me was really good. It helped me see my situation from a different perspective. She has also helped me in managing my daughter’s behaviour and learning to control my temper. C.O.A.C.H’s different from going for counselling sessions. I feel more relaxed with my mentor and I know that she does not judge me.

Besides visiting me on a weekly or fortnightly basis, she also sends me encouraging messages during the week. I once showed my mentor’s message to my friend and she said that she also wanted a mentor to help her. My mentor has also got to know my daughter well and she looks forward to my mentor’s visits too. My mentor has also helped me in practical ways. She has cooked healthy meals with me, baked with my daughter, cleaned my house with me, helped me to budget and taken a bus with me to show me how to get to CLCC. CLCC workers have also helped me a lot by referring me to other agencies for assistance and parenting courses, supported me through a court case and they also invited me to attend cooking classes. I have learnt how to cook many healthy meals.

The most important thing that my mentor has done for me is to give me a Bible and to accompany me to ALPHA. She came every Monday to pick me up and then send me back home. She did not push me to attend but said that she thought it would help me in my life. I agreed because I used to go to church when I was little but stopped and I also wanted to learn more about Jesus. I am so glad that I made the decision. I accepted Jesus and I know that I have changed. My daughter even tells me, “I like the new Mummy better”. I am learning to trust God more and I am so happy that I have CLCC and my mentor to help me.

Posted in July 2018

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