Teachers on charity: ‘It was humbling. I never thought it would happen to me’

A Victorian charity is awarding more grants to homeless and hungry teachers than in its entire 141-year history

Natalie Goodman, a teaching assistant, had been struggling to buy food for more than a month by the time someone at her school noticed. “I couldn’t afford to eat. I didn’t have money for food. I would come home from school and sit in my flat and worry about paying my rent.”

It was her sudden weight loss – more than a stone in four weeks – that prompted a colleague to ask whether she was OK. Her landlord had sent her an eviction letter to leave the flat that had been her home for 19 years.

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

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