Jai immigrated to Australia several years ago due to unrest in his home country and seeking a better life. Unfortunately, due to language and cultural barriers, and a long-standing injury he was unable to find sustained work and lived in insecure crisis and transitional housing struggling to financially and mentally cope.
A friend connected him to the support of some community organisations, and he quickly overcame those personal and professional barriers and found stable income and a rental tenancy in affordable housing. Jai then decided he wanted to give back and support others who are experiencing similar issues. He decided to apply to be part of a community organisation’s lived experience mentoring program and now he is paid to co-facilitate weekly workshops for migrants adapting to their new lives and avoid the housing and job insecurity he experienced.
Jai feels proud that his contributions have improved the organisation’s program that has supported their service delivery and people that have experienced what he went through.