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I can barely remember my first time at Hutt Street Centre. I remember feeling a little intimidated and apprehensive.

I first became involved at Hutt Street while living in a boarding house in Adelaide’s inner city. I then volunteered for about a year and a half, after which I was employed as a project officer.

One of my projects has been the compilation and publication of the 2012 Hutt St Centre Calendar. During my time here I have been privileged to get to know staff, volunteers and clients whose experience and insights have made me look at life with a new perspective.

I’m certainly more grateful for what I have and for the people who have come into my life.Through Hutt Street I’ve met some of the most resourceful, resilient, funny, quirky and downright amazing people I know.

I have also discovered that Hutt Street Centre doesn’t just provide blankets for people ‘sleeping rough’. They really connect with people at their point of need which is different for everyone, and was just what I needed.

Rebuilding a life is a bit like undertaking a giant building construction project although, when you’re rebuilding your life, you don’t need a manager.Sometimes all you need is someone to sit beside you and hand you the bricks.

Mel’s story was captured in 2011.