How you’ve helped Pauline* and many others through the COVID-19 pandemic

How you’ve helped Pauline* and many others through the COVID-19 pandemic

Hobart City Mission would like to sincerely thank you and other generous Southern Tasmanians for the overwhelming response to our Emergency Relief Appeal.

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that this year, more than ever, Southern Tasmanians have needed your help and you’ve been there to support those experiencing hardship.

So, let me tell you about Pauline*… a single mum caring for her 18-year-old son Ben* and her 22-year-old autistic son, James*.

James* travelled to America early in the year to further his studies in IT, then COVID-19 hit. Unfortunately, border restrictions prevented him from leaving America and returning home to Hobart.

Due to unforeseen circumstances and the prolonged length of his stay, James* soon ran out of money. With no money and no way to return home he was in a desperate situation.

Pauline is doing what any parent would do. Supporting her son financially and desperately trying to get him a flight home.

Pauline* was finally able to arrange a flight home for James*, who was meant to return to Australia on 12th July. However, due to border restrictions being reimposed in Australia James’* flight from Florida was cancelled on 10th July.

This has all come at a significant cost to Pauline* who has found herself with no money for food and other essential items.

You have supported Pauline* by providing Woolworths vouchers, food, emotional support and op shop vouchers for clothing. This support has allowed Pauline* to feed herself and Ben* as well as contribute to James’* return and provide him with essential items.

Pauline* says “Knowing that Hobart City Mission was there to help was great. Someone was there when I needed them, and no one else was. I remember when someone from Hobart City Mission called me back and said they could help … I just burst into tears. It was such a relief.”

Pauline* is very much looking forward to wrapping her arms around her beloved son when he can get home, in the meantime she is taking great comfort in the knowledge that through the incredible kindness of people like you, she and her family will be ok.

*name changed to protect privacy