INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS REACH OUT FROM COVID-19 SHADOWS

Our financial counsellors assisted international students during 2020/21 who communicated through an interpreter as they were unable to speak English and faced a lack of support far from home when the global COVID-19 pandemic affected vulnerable people in South Australia.

One of these students told an ac.care financial counsellor she was due to give birth without the assistance of Medicare.

Her family had been supporting her while she was living in Australia, but after the pandemic struck there were weeks and sometimes months between when they could deposit money into her account.

In cases like these, ac.care has also been able to provide emergency relief, and the woman was assisted with funds to cover a bed, clothes and feeding support for her baby’s arrival, along with referrals for counselling support. Her caseworker also advocated on the client’s behalf to a senator for systemic changes to support people in similar situations.

 

SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE

A man made contact with ac.care at a low point in his life when he was facing divorce, the collapse of his interstate business and significant debts spread across a credit card and flexi-loan. Although he had gained employment and started building a better future for himself in the Riverland, his arthritis worsened and he was forced to leave work and move in with his son.

Feeling embarrassed after having to rely on his adult son, he continued to use his loan and credit card, using one for funds and then paying back with the other – it’s a situation often seen by financial counsellors, but one that creates a spiralling debt trap for individuals. Having become unemployed, he was unable to continue payments and the debt reached more than $33,000.

He reached out for the support of ac.care and financial counsellor Emma provided hope by starting a debt waiver process. In a dramatic turnaround, the man was contacted on Christmas Eve and told the bank agreed to wipe his debts. “I shared 10 minutes listening to him cry about how he now had a second chance at life,” Emma said.

 


 

ac.care Financial Counselling workers available to speak to groups and organisations on financial management skills

Financial Counselling is available by appointment and to book an appointment with one of our financial counsellors please contact care@accare.org.au or call:

 

Adelaide Hills – Murray Mallee | 8531 4900

Berri | 8580 5300

Limestone Coast – Mount Gambier | 8724 5400

Limestone Coast – Millicent | 8735 5700

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ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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