Jude and her husband David were lucky enough to live a comfortable life, when they both come into inheritances within two years. They knew they didn’t need the money, but could use it to benefit others.
“We just thought, we have a fantastic lifestyle, we have healthy children, we have good jobs, and we can afford to live in Canberra,” Jude said.
“We just wanted to make our money mean something.”
So when Jude heard about YWCA Canberra’s Rentwell, she knew exactly what to do. Jude approached the Rentwell team and asked what types of properties they were looking for.
“We chose something that was self-contained and in a secure building, close to public transport, just all those things I thought people who might have a low income would like,” she said.
“We stumbled across a place and it all happened really quickly. I went to the inspection in July and it was tenanted by early October.
“Thanks to Jude and David, YWCA Canberra has been able to house a woman who had previously been living in a YWCA Canberra share house, freeing up that room for another woman in need.
“I would encourage people to think how not only they can use their investment dollars for their own futures but to try and help other people get on their feet.”