Letters to the Editor

June 11, 2018

Cottage a huge help

Brenna Freakley


My name is Brenna Freakley, I am 23 and living in the life skills program called The Cottage.

Prior to entering the program, I was using drugs on regular basis.

I was in a relationship I did not want to be in.

I was in a lot of trouble with the police.

I was living in complete darkness with no hope barely getting by.

I will have been in The Cottage program for six months tomorrow.

I love the program and the people that work there, it has changed my life.

I got baptised at Encounter Christian Church in the first couple of weeks of being in the program.

Since that my life changed greatly and after that seven other clients made the decision to get baptised in Echuca.

The program has given me a new lease on life.

Reminding me that I am not alone, that no matter my choices I do have a better tomorrow.

I have been able to engage with the community through the program.

I play women’s football for Rumbalara, I have never played a sport for a full season because of my addictions and disconnection, the staff and other clients at The Cottage come and watch me play they support and guide me in the right direction.

I have also gained employment at Bras ‘n’ Things and the manager and area manager also support me.

I have also never been employed longer than three months until now and I love my job.

I am hoping to do further training in Melbourne.

I was privileged enough to start a Narcotics Anonymous meeting on Saturday afternoons. With the help from another client, we got all the information and organised and paid for everything.

I have also completed the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and take other clients and members of AA and NA through them.

I have also starting a bookkeeping and accounting course at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, two nights a week.

My whole family are so proud of what I am achieving and doing.

If it was not for the clients and staff at The Cottage I would be homeless and or in jail and using drugs this life skills program has guided me into achieving my wildest dreams.

The program does not erase the mistakes we have made, but better yet, let’s us know that no matter what we have done there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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