Josh first became homeless when he was just 13 years old, due to an unsafe, and unhappy home life. Growing up in Liverpool in the south-west of Sydney, Josh fled to Central Station and starting sleeping rough and didn’t look back.
Josh experienced homelessness on and off for 25 years. He started coming to Wayside Chapel when he was 17, so over 20 years ago.
Last year in 2018, he did a Certificate for Community Services and we wants to go to university to become a social worker. He understands what it is like for people to be in that situation of falling through the cracks
As tough as life gets, he always wants to be working towards something, a goal, trying to improve his life.
“It’s okay if you don’t feel like you can do anything, because look where I’ve been. I’ve been homeless, I’ve been through drug addiction. But I’ve now been able to go get a bit of a trade certificate in community service. Now I’m going to become a social worker.”
This year, with the help of Wayside and other agencies, Josh received permanent accommodation, and now has a home he can call his own.
“But I just want to see, even if I can change people’s perception, society’s perception and break down the stigma around homelessness, then I’ve done my job as a human being.”