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Getting his life back on track


April 28, 2018 by admin

Bright note: Playing the guitar has helped Tom Disma through difficult times. Picture: Luke FudaTOM Disma’s life went into a tailspin when he had to leave work and become a full-time carer for his sick mother.
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His mother died two years ago and Mr Disma then had serious money troubles.

He couldn’t afford to pay the rent, so he had to move out of a unit in Liverpool and was suddenly homeless.

With few friends to help, he found himself on the streets.

“I had a good job as a storeman at an electrical warehouse company, but when my mother got sick, I had to quit work and look after her,” Mr Disma, 38, said.

“Then after a while, I used all my savings and then I couldn’t pay the rent, so I was suddenly homeless.

“I lived in my car for a while. It was tough and very depressing for a long time.”

Then a month ago, through Centrelink, the Bosnian-born Mr Disma found temporary accommodation at Mission Australia Liverpool.

The Lachlan Street centre provides temporary housing, food, and counselling and full-time staff to help.

During the recent Homeless Persons Week a function was held at the Liverpool centre to highlight the problem of homelessness.

Mr Disma said he couldn’t thank Mission Australia enough.

“I now see some light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “I want to get back to work and find a new place to live.”

Mr Disma said his passion for music had been a great motivator and helped comfort him during his darkest days.

Mission Australia Liverpool services manager Alan Mckay said homelessness was a growing problem.

“We do what we can to help people and also provide them with counselling services and try to help get them reconnected with their families and back into the workforce,” Mr Mckay said.

He said homeless people come from all walks of life.

Mr Mckay said the organisation had helped 100 homeless people in the past year.

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