This term the Year 12 Essential English class have been studying the classic novel The Outsiders and discussing the challenges of living with social disadvantage. On Wednesday 4 September, the class visited two organisations in Adelaide who work with people experiencing homelessness and other personal difficulties, such as addiction and mental health problems.
In the morning, the students took part in a tour of the Salvation Army’s Towards Independence Centre, an organisation that provides accommodation and social support, as well as rehab facilities and their Sobering Up unit. The group then went to the Westcare Centre, where they were given a look at the services they provide, such as their Food Hub, gym and their courtyard, designed for building relationships. The students assisted with serving lunch to the community there; a meal that Westcare provides every day. After lunch, they gathered together to hear Stewart tell his story; a man who became homeless at 15 and again at 30, who now works at Westcare helping people living through similar circumstances. The day gave the class a chance to understand the nuances and complexities of someone experiencing homelessness and the ways community, love and support can help them find their feet again.