Survivor and advocate says thanks to her supporters
PROMINENT South Burnett social workers and advocates crowded around Rhonda Trivett's dining table to hear her announcement.
She wanted to say thank you.
"These people have been wonderful to me, and so many things can happen when people help each other and stick by each other," Ms Trivett said.
In their own ways they had each helped her on her journey from dealing with the hurt and pain of surviving one of the state's worst cases of child abuse at Osler House in Wolston Park, to helping others through her organisation South Burnett Peace of Mind.
"The backbone behind all of my work, has been just about every organisation around the South Burnett who have made me a leader for tomorrow with their letters," Ms Trivett said.
Their presence at the table was a testimony to the many people whose time, words and letters of encouragement helped Ms Trivett build up her organisation, and get one step closer to the 24/7 drop-in and educational centre set to commence building next year.
"I think that's community spirit because I wouldn't have even got anything I needed if it wasn't for all of these letters," Ms Trivett said.
Giving back, Rhonda plans to provide South Burnett social work organisations with their own key to access the centre, so they can use the facility for their clients any time, including after hours.
"I reckon we've got a good bunch, I think all of us together could pull anything off if we really tried," Ms Trivett said.
South Burnett CTC CEO Nina Temperton said if the organisations had access to a centre available 24/7, it would enormously alleviate problems for those who work in social work.
"Having trained volunteers who can do that would be marvellous," she said.
Rhonda has filled in the gaps in the social work services through her organisation South Burnett Peace of Mind, Ms Temperton said.
"She's doing a lot of the things that people in organisations would dearly love to do, but can't," she said.
Her lived experience of dealing with her past, allows her to connect in a way the social workers cannot with those in need.
Partners in recovery worker Tracie Armstrong said Ms Trivett had always been big on the collaboration of all of the services.
"It's really wonderful to hear Rhonda say thanks to all of the services, but it's been really phenomenal to watch Ms Trivett as she opens her house up and looks after everybody in her community," she said.
"Even when she's not in the best place, she'll always put others needs before her own, it's phenomenal, I've learnt a lot from Rhonda."
South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell has also supported Ms Trivett over the years and said she would often walk the streets handing out hot tea and coffee.
"Rhonda is very persistent, she does not give up," he said.
"She does not take no for any answer, she keeps on keeping on."
Rhonda has many additions to South Burnett Peace of Mind in the works, including training up two different teams of volunteers, in two months.
One team would work at the drop-in centre, whilst another would go out at night.
Graham House transport is assisting South Burnett Peace of Mind apply for a grant for some buses so the volunteers could travel out across the South Burnett giving out coffee, blankets and contacts for those in need.
"Everybody will get to know everyone who's on the streets," Ms Trivett said.
She was also grateful to BIEDO who was assisting the organisation by helping draft up a five-year business plan for South Burnett Peace of Mind.