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Miro’s Story – Hope when I needed it

Miro’s Story – Hope when I needed it

Life has presented Miro with more than his share of challenges, but he remains positive because he knows, whatever he goes through, Visionwest will be there to walk beside him and support him in the tough times. As Miro shares his story there are...

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Carmen’s Story – It feels like home

Carmen’s Story – It feels like home

The focus on family and the holistic approach to nurturing tamariki in all areas – physical emotional, social, and spiritual – are reasons Carmen and her husband value Eden Cottage and the time their son spends there....

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Trushar’s Flood Story – We felt so very alone

Trushar’s Flood Story – We felt so very alone

In 2021, just eight months after moving his family into their West Auckland property, Trushar’s house was flooded and they lost many household items. It was a huge inconvenience but nothing like the trauma the family experienced on 27 January 2023....

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Stacey’s Story – Getting back on track

Stacey’s Story – Getting back on track

Stacey was apprehensive about letting someone advise her about her finances because she thought a budget advisor would dictate what she could do with her money. Her first visit to Visionwest Money Mentors changed both her mind and her life. As a...

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Brook Turner – Podcasts

Brook Turner – Podcasts

Brook Turner, Visionwest’s Head of Service Development and Partnerships, has a monthly slot on Rhema where he speaks for ten minutes at a time on issues related to poverty and community needs, and the answers social support services can provide....

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Tereanna’s Story – Hope in the Midst of Flooding

Tereanna’s Story – Hope in the Midst of Flooding

Tereanna never expected to find herself “homeless,” but that was before the 2023 Auckland Anniversary Weekend floods when her whānau lost their home and all their possessions. The whānau was split up and found themselves living in various separate...

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Shekainah’s Story – Gluing the Pieces Together

Shekainah’s Story – Gluing the Pieces Together

When Shekainah graduated from He Poutama Rangatahi (one of Visionwest’s youth training programmes) she felt like her future was transformed and opportunities never previously available opened up for her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L7LR9-cpbQ...

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John’s Story – If I can do it, anyone can do it

John’s Story – If I can do it, anyone can do it

John was used to living alone on the streets. He’d been out there on and off since he was a teenager and so it felt quite natural to be bedding down in parks, under bridges, or wherever else he could find a dry space. As he got older, street life...

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