Bridgette’s story

Resident: Adelaide, South Australia

Every day, Bridgette and her six-year-old son Matthew “do a daily gratitude”.

“We love our house,” the single mum who lives at Housing Choices’ Mellor Street explains, admitting the thanking ritual is “a bit coached” by her.

Bridgette bought her first house when she was 21 and had $1 million worth of property by 30 – before her world turned “upside down”.

“It’s your sole responsibility to make sure your child is loved, fed and sheltered.

“To not have confidence that you can shelter your child is just awful.”

Since moving from private rental to a Housing Choices property Bridgette and Matthew’s life has changed – for the better.

“Shelter is (now) something I don’t have to worry about,” she says. “My biggest motivation is Matthew’s happiness… He has shone more because Mummy’s happy. It’s his time and he deserves it.”

Bridgette and Matthew are active participants in the CGA community and Bridgette is also has been employed as a contract cleaner for the organisation.

She feels privileged to be able to give something back.

“If we can give them (new residents) a beautiful place to come to and they feel worth something. That, to me, is utopia.”

Watch the video of the proud and perseverant mum: Bridgette’s story

Videos & photography: Lani Holmberg Photography
Story-telling project & interviews: Just Anna