If you were one of the over 30.000 Kiwis with no place to call home, what would life be like if you had a home? We asked people from Lifewise’s Merge Cafe who are currently homeless they would do first if they had a home.
Most people spoke of the overwhelming feeling of happiness they would have if they could get off the streets and into a home: “I would be so grateful, so happy, and I’d thank God for everything”
But it might surprise you how many people looked forward to doing chores that can really grate in everyday life. People said that what they looked forward to most was practical things like paying the rent, power, and for groceries. People also spoke of the joy they would have doing daily things like “cooking a home cooked meal – I would really enjoy it. I’m a great cook”.
They were also keen to celebrate: “I would invite all my friends around for a beer! Then I’d pay all the bills”. People also said that they would “love to have a place to be with all the people I love -my friends and whanau could come and visit”.
A lot of people also spoke wistfully of solitude “I would celebrate big time – alone!”.
And then there were some really simple things that our team found incredibly heart-wrenching “praise my creator and turn the heater on”.
And the one that really says it all: “I would LIVE”.
We want to give these people the joy of their very own place to call home. Please donate to the Lifewise Big Sleepout today and get someone off the streets and into a permanent home.