Letter to the editor

June 06, 2018

The Cottage on St Andrews Rd, Shepparton.

The Cottage plays vital role

- Pamela Siguenza, youth and young adults pastor, Encounter Christian Church, Shepparton

I am writing to you in regard to The Cottage and the positive impact it is having on our church community and the community as a whole.

Over the past eight months, I have met several The Cottage residents and some have become key members in our church community.

The Cottage represents what we in Shepparton would love our town to represent; a place of second chances. It shows us people may make bad choices, but that does not necessarily make them bad people. It is not uncommon for people to go through times of struggle and in those times we need a network of support around us.

We teach teenagers that if they need the help, they should reach out and get help. However, when it comes to adults, society will often treat those who seek help as lesser beings.

The Cottage is a place of support for those adults who are seeking a new lease on life, a residential program that teaches them life skills without the dependency on drugs and alcohol. I have been able to watch the journey of multiple residents at The Cottage go from a life where they would do anything to get their next drug high, to a life of studying and saving for a home so they can provide for their family financially and emotionally.

It has been one of my greatest pleasures to watch how The Cottage can have such a positive impact of the futures of these individuals, which, in turn, will contribute immensely to our community.

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