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A life without a home: reflections and activities

Michele Frankeni  |  30 May 2018

DominoesRead the article Life without a home in the Australian Catholics Winter 2018 edition and answer the following questions.

Share your answers in pairs or groups.


Mary left her home because of domestic violence. Can you think of other reasons people are left homeless?

Vinnies was a great help to Mary. Do you know of other organisations that also assist the homeless?

Mary had to use McDonalds facilities for a number of tasks. What tasks would you find difficult if you didn't have a place of your own? 

Why would you think Mary so valued her time with the visitors from Vinnies?


Orange Sky Australia is the world's first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness – and idea founded by in a Brisbane garage by two 20-year-old mates. The idea of providing clean and dry clothes has become bigger and more inclusive. In pairs or groups brainstorm any other ideas that may help fill a need. 

As a class, vote on the one idea you think is the most feasible and draw up plans for its implementation. What would you need? Is it possible to get sponsorship? Who is your target group? Are you servicing your neighbourhood or is it a plan that could be used much more widely?

For younger students

Teachers discuss with your students how when one part of Mary's life went wrong it affected so many other people and things in her life. To demonstrate the flow-on effects of change, arrange children in small groups and distribute dominoes to each group. Get the groups to build a domino array and then let them take turns toppling over their array as others watch the chain reaction. 

Explain how one action - good or bad - can have a domino effect on our lives. Discuss with them Matthew 22:36-40 and have them name the ways their love of God has helped them to show love for friends and families.


Main image: Dominoes by clkohan at


Topic tags: socialjustice-australia, sustainableliving, familylife, healthycommunitylife

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