When her marriage broke down, Dianne’s life fell apart. But she still had to care for her 10 year old son.
A few years ago, Dianne had a husband she loved dearly, a beautiful young boy, a good job working accounts, and a nice home.
Then she found out her husband was having an affair with another woman – who was also pregnant with his baby. He left Dianne and Joel and their life spiralled out of control.
Dianne had suffered from bi-polar depression since her twenties. Now it came on with a vengeance. She had a nervous breakdown and was unable to hold down a job.
Her husband insisted on them selling their heavily mortgaged house and Dianne was left with hardly anything after the sale.
Joel built himself a lawnmower business to help out when he was 14. He welded a trailer together to tow behind his pushbike, loaded up his mower and went off to do people’s lawns.
But it wasn’t enough. They fell behind in their rent and were evicted from their home.
With nowhere else to go, they began couch surfing and even living in a caravan in the backyard of a friends’ property. That led Dianne to the Salvos. She quickly formed a friendship with her case worker Jackie and she gradually started to get back on her feet.