Meet Peter

A young man

“When you have a positive mindset and people help, you will achieve your dream.”

This year, 314 people were placed in jobs through our Given the Chance program, with 171 employersHope has given Peter strength through many tough times.

As a child, Peter escaped the Sudanese civil war, then was raised by his father in a Kenyan refugee camp. “It was very hard in the camp,” he says.

At 19, Peter came to live in Australia. He worked in factories and later studied at university. As a graduate, it was hard to find a job opportunity until he joined the Brotherhood’s Given the Chance program. He learned interview skills and was mentored by the team who put him forward for jobs.

In 2017, Peter secured a role as a Service Consultant for Commercial Cards at ANZ. His positive mindset and supportive people enabled him to overcome the barriers he faced finding decent work.

“All I can conclude from my life struggles and through ups and downs, is that no matter how tough life is, never give up your hope as it is the only driver to see a bright future.” says Peter

Given the Chance is our long-running work placement program that helps marginalised job seekers like Peter to build their skills and find secure work

Help us continue to change lives for people like Peter this Christmas. Please donate today.


About us

The Brotherhood of St Laurence works to alleviate and prevent poverty in Australia.

Poverty is not just having too little money to live on. It can also mean being shut out from many other aspects of social and economic life that people commonly take for granted: a job, a home, and being connected to community.

Our programs and services provide education, training, employment and care to people experiencing disadvantage so that they’re able to live a good life. We also invest in research and advocacy to drive systemic change so that all Australians can enjoy economic security and social inclusion.

With your support this Christmas we can create lasting change for those most in need.