Within 10 hours on 18th January 2003, 4 people had died and over 500 homes were destroyed when a ferocious fire storm impacted residential areas in Canberra, ACT AUSTRALIA.
My parents home was in one of the worst affected streets, directly across from a large pine tree plantation. With no warning or comprehension of what was about to happen we were forced to flee in a car. Within minutes both sides of the road were alight and we knew we would be lucky to get out alive – thankfully we did however, my parent’s home, their two cars and all of their belongings were destroyed.
As a feng shui consultant and teacher, I had always had a passion for ‘home’ and what it meant to people. On this day it took on a whole new meaning and the idea to create ‘Suddenly Homeless’ arose from the ashes.
In researching ‘homelessness’ I discovered that Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Program defined it as:
‘An inadequate experience of connectedness with family and or community,’
This confirmed my belief that if we encourage meaningful connections between people who ARE Suddenly Homeless with people who HAVE BEEN Suddenly Homeless, then we can create a sense of connectedness and shelter, that will support them amidst, through and beyond their time of great adversity.
Fostering these connections has become one of the main goals of the project.
Thank-you for taking the time to visit this website.
Whatever has brought you here, may your inner home be a source of deep peace & comfort!
Lots of love,
Emily J Rooney aka The Home Alchemist