Every story at Wayside begins with a broken heart
Just after his 40th birthday, Rodney's world collapsed around him.
His marriage broke down, he became unable to work due to his mental health and soon after, Rodney found himself living on the streets.
Being homeless made Rodney lose connection with those around him. People would just look straight through him as if he was made out of glass. Then he found Wayside Chapel.
At Wayside, Rodney felt seen and was surrounded by a community who loved and supported him and he was able to get back on his feet again. Before he became homeless, Rodney was a hairdresser. Keen to use his skills to give back, Rodney signed up as a volunteer and began cutting hair in one of the toilet cubicles in our Community Service Centre. Today, Rodney comes in once a week to cut or colour our visitor's hair and helps give back some dignity to people who have all but given up on this world.
From seeking to rebuild his life, Rodney now rebuilds the lives of others.
For people like Rodney, the Wayside Chapel community provides unconditional love and patience, which empowers them to change their lives and make the decision to give back. This is love in action, and we need it more than ever this Christmas.