14 October 2014
Terri-Ann, her partner and three children lost all their belongings in early 2011 when flooding devastated Ipswich.
A month after the floods Terri-Ann and her family were moved into temporary accommodation – a tiny 3-by-6 metre donga, where they lived for 8 months.
The stress of living in such close proximity and dire circumstances in the donga put a severe strain on the family: “Looking back, I just don’t know how we did it,” says Terri-Ann.
“Then The Salvation Army showed up and they found us more suitable accommodation,” remembers Terri-Ann, “they helped me go through the motions with my landlord and made sure we had everything we needed.”
Terri-Ann and her children started going to the local Salvation Army church and she says it helped keep her family together during those stressful eight months: “Just having that support really gave us hope, we knew that the Salvos had our back. It was lovely to know that we didn’t have to do it all on our own.
A year on and they are still recovering, with The Salvation Army’s help.