Some people, through no fault of their own, end up in situations where they cannot find a way out. Fortunately, many are able to find relief through support services offered by the likes of City Mission.
John* lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic.
As the sole carer for his daughter, he soon became overwhelmed with bills and was unable to afford groceries.
City Missions's family services team were able to provide John and his family with emergency relief and financial assistance to help get them back on their feet.
Similarly, Manal* came to study and work in Tasmania with his family of five, but was recently made redundant and left with no income.
Because of his student visa, he didn't qualify for government support packages.
While considering going back to his home country, but unable to secure flights, Manal went to City Mission already with one week of rent arrears.
Fortunately he was able to secure immediate food and rental assistance.
City Mission chief executive Stephen Brown said stories like John and Manal's were all too common, with the fallout from COVID-19 heightening demand for services.
"It's really been very consistent now, that one to two new clients each week will be on temporary work or student visas," he said.
"There is more assistance in the community now, through state government actions and additional support.
But as the restrictions have been eased we are seeing far more now bookings for interviews and contact over the phone.
"We treat everyone the same, but I think there has been an openness in the community that it's OK to ask for help."
City Mission is one of four Northern charities, along with St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army and Launceston Benevolent Society, supported by The Examiner's Winter Relief Appeal.
Donations can be made through electronic funds transfer: BSB 035822, account 011443537.
*Name changed for privacy reasons.