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Hitting the jackpot!


“I hit the jackpot”, Wayne, Gerard’s Landlord said.

Gerard Cogan and his housemates Mark and Fred lived in shared supported accommodation for almost 20 years. After circumstances necessitated a move they decided to live independently. Gerard along with his housemates Mark and Fred secured a rental property through the open rental market.

"They are responsible and excellent tenants, diligently paying rent on time and maintaining the house", said Wayne.

Gerard has Autism. Gerard has benefited from the Individualised Support Programs at St John of God Accord. Julie Reynolds, Disability Support Worker embraces Gerard to reach his potential. He is confident and lives independently with Julie's support. His wealth of knowledge, historical facts, figures and statistics, events in history, sporting events down to the minute’s detail, is fascinating. “Gerard and I never get lost” said Julie, he has memorised Melways Map from cover to cover!

Gerard now enjoys social outings, sport, and coffee mornings. A small thing you might say. But it’s not. Gerard understands now it’s what people do. 

For more information about St John of God Accord, please contact:

Phone: 1300 00 2226