Geoffrey* has never met his biological father.
He never knew that the man he called ‘dad’ until he was ten years old, was not his real father. It was only when this man left - with little warning - that it became heartbreakingly clear.
Suddenly, his mother remarried to a man who was violent and abusive towards Geoffrey, and his world was turned upside down.
Geoffrey made a reverse charge phone call to his dad and begged him to return.
“I was desperate to get out of my house. I just wanted my dad to come and get us all, to rescue us. When he arrived, he said he was only taking my younger brother, who was his only biological child.
My twin brother Dave* and I watched as our father drove away with our younger brother.
We were shattered.
We had lost our younger brother and our dad, and we had to stay in an abusive home with a man who didn’t care for us”.
Geoffrey’s story is just one of many heart breaking stories we’ll hear this Christmas.
The loss, abandonment, and abuse he experienced in childhood left a lasting impact on Geoffrey, and he is still recovering from these events today.
But you can help Geoffrey and others like him get back on their feet.
Please donate today and help us give the support people like Geoffrey need to rebuild their lives.
When his father left without him, Geoffrey felt he had no option but to make a decision that no child should ever have to make.
Confronted with the horrific choice of living with abuse, or facing homelessness, Geoffrey decided to run away from home.
He was only 13 years old.
For the next twenty years, Geoffrey experienced long stages of homelessness and rough sleeping while he was in and out of work, desperately trying to make ends meet, and piece together his past.
Geoffrey can’t remember a happy Christmas with his family since he was a young child.
Will you help us end homelessness for every man and woman who walk through our doors?
Geoffrey is proof that homelessness isn’t a choice.
Please donate today.
Your generous donation will help us support people like Geoffrey this Christmas to rebuild their lives.
*At Hutt St Centre we respect everyone who comes to us for help – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names and images have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.