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Thank you for helping families like Walter’s

Posted by Hutt St Centre on 2023-03-16

When Meg* lost her father, Walter*, at age 86, she wanted to honour his life by sharing the impact this community had on her dad over the years – and how your kindness enabled Walter’s family to stay connected with him through the many challenges he faced.

Meg says:

“Without Hutt St, I honestly don’t know what would have become of my dad over the past twenty years.

He started coming in for meals, but mostly for the social contact and games of Scrabble. This place changed his life.

He often sent us pics from his regular outings through the Aged City Living program. It provided us with such comfort, knowing he was safe and well and having fun. He made lifelong friends (he considered the staff his friends too) and found a place where he belonged.

To know Dad was loved and surrounded by people who cared for him and had his back, when we couldn’t be there was such a relief.

We spent our lives worrying about Dad, so knowing that Hutt St staff were also checking in on him regularly, with the care and respect he deserved, made life better for our whole family. That support made a difference to our lives as well as his.

He had a loving and engaged family; it’s just that he needed more than we could give him day to day. We’re so grateful he found what he needed at Hutt St.

Dad was one of a kind. He was quirky, hilarious and affectionate, incredibly intelligent and self-educated. He cared so much for his family, and managed as best he could with all of the challenges life gave him.

I want him to be remembered as someone who loved deeply and was deeply loved. Even in our time of grief, it brings me peace to know, that’s how the people at Hutt St will always think of him.

They held a memorial service for my dad a little while after he passed and it moved me to tears. It was tough to get through but so beautiful and personal and he would have loved it.”

Memorial service
Walter's family and friends from the Aged City Living program came together to celebrate his life in a memorial service held at Hutt St Centre.

As a friend of Hutt St Centre, your support is vital for helping people rebuild their lives.

But Walter’s story shows that your kindness spreads far beyond the people who walk through our doors for help. Your love helps families like Meg’s too.

Thank you for giving Walter and his loved ones the chance to stay connected and find comfort during tough times.




*While names and images have been changed for privacy, these stories are very real and reflect how important your generosity is for helping people make their steps out of homelessness.