Sabra lost everything, but she was able to find new strength and purpose, and now helps other rough sleepers.
Sabra became homeless in the ‘90s after a relationship breakdown with her family. She found herself living on the street.
“I lost everything. It was hard for me,” she says. Sleeping rough for years, she began drinking. “(Drink) was my best friend. I didn’t eat, didn’t talk to anyone.”
Sabra lost everything, but she was able to find new strength and purpose, and now helps other rough sleepers. Her life began to turn around when she got a place at a hostel. As well as being off the streets, Sabra was given help to stop drinking. “I think God was looking after me.”
“I’ve got so much to give, so much.”
A support worker invited her to join the Street Buddies. Church Homeless Trust funds the Street Buddies, formerly homeless people who receive training to help other long-term rough sleepers.
Sabra is glad to use her past experiences to help others get support. “It’s hard to open up, to trust people. My job is to meet them, have a conversation, take it from there.”
Now that she has been sober for five years, she is determined to help other people make their own positive changes. “I want to do something. I’ve got so much to give, so much.”