Kate is in her twenties. Kate had a history of homelessness since childhood. Her family was dysfunctional and she suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse at an early age. She left home and was on the streets from the age of 11. In her early teens, she began to use whatever drugs were available to her and by her late teens, was addicted to heroin. For approximately seven years she remained addicted, chaotic and slept on the streets or in emergency hostels. Then, three years ago, she decided to work on detoxing from drugs.
Kate undertook a residential drugs rehab programme lasting two years. She was referred to Daisyhouse following the successful completion of this programme and has remained completely drug-free since. As part of her rehabilitation, she completed a catering course.
When Kate came to Daisyhouse initially, she undertook a support needs assessment. A number of priorities were identified, including: to access specialist counseling to enable her to address the serious physical and sexual abuse she had suffered as a child and as a young adult to continue her personal development work through ongoing attendance at Narcotics Anonymous to attend further training in catering to become a qualified chef and get a job to better manage her money and personal finances to re-build relationships within her family taking into account that she had moved on in her own emotional and intellectual development but that her family could still be a threat to her emotional stability.