Bec's Story - Together we can help achieve life security
At 34 years of age, Bec was at a breaking point. She was six months pregnant with nowhere to live. She was couch surfing with friends and sleeping in the back of her ute with her dog. This was no life to live with a baby on the way.
After being homeless and struggling with addiction over the past 15 years, Bec turned to St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland for help, and restored her confidence and hope.
“I owe a great debt of gratitude to all the Vinnies workers and volunteers who have helped me to achieve security for the first time in my life.”
Bec has turned her life around and is positive about her future.
“I am pleased to say that my daughter and I are happy and healthy, and most of all safe and secure in a lovely unit.”
By leaving a gift in your will you can restore hope for people like Bec. Every gift can change lives.
Marion's Legacy - Sometimes you've got to step back and think how lucky we are
Marion is a strong woman. She is 76 years old, still enjoys working part-time, and can powerlift 90kg. She has set weightlifting records in Australia and continues to train for future competitions. She is also passionate about helping the homeless.
Marion follows in the footsteps of her father who was actively involved with St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland throughout his life. Her husband Morgan was also a long term supporter and left a bequest to St Vincent de Paul Society in his will.
“I’ve decided that I too will give a bit of my estate, whatever’s left to the St Vincent de Paul Society.”
Marion trusts that her donations go to those who need it most. “Vinnies has a lot of volunteers and low administration costs which is important to me,” she says.
Marion is grateful for the life she’s had and wishes to continue to help others after she’s gone.
“I often think when I put my head on the pillow at night, that there are all these people that haven’t got a bed to sleep in, and use newspaper for a blanket. Sometimes you’ve got to step back and think how lucky we are to have family and friends, and a roof over our heads.”
Peter's Legacy - Giving is just something you're supposed to do
For more than ten years Peter has volunteered with St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland. On Mondays he helps the homeless, or those at risk of becoming homeless at the Spring Hill Support Centre. On Fridays he volunteers as a phone operator in the Brisbane Helpline, putting those in need in contact with essential support services.
While it can be difficult at times, Peter finds volunteering with St Vincent de Paul Society very rewarding.
He has seen first-hand how providing compassionate support can make a huge difference for people facing hardship.
Peter is a quiet, unassuming philanthropist. For him, “giving is just something you’re supposed to do”. In addition to volunteering his time and donating regularly, Peter has remembered St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland in his will. Peter’s generosity will help restore hope for those in need for generations to come.
Jan's Legacy - Its Incredible how a little bit of support is all people need to get their life back on track
For the past fifteen years Jan* has volunteered for St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland (Vinnies) helping those in her local community facing tough times.
“It is incredible how a little bit of support is all people need to get their life back on track,” she says.
Jan has never forgotten the support she received from the Society during a particularly difficult time when she struggled to put food on the table for her two children.
“While I’m unable to contribute financially today, I’ve made provisions in my will so that other people just like me will have the financial support to get through hard times.” “St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland changed my life and I want to leave some financial support to help them assist people in the future
*Names and images changed for privacy