Humans of ACSO

Stories of Hope

Since our humble beginnings, and driven by the vision of our founder Stan McCormack, ACSO has proudly supported over 100,000 men and women and young people throughout Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. Here are just some of their stories.

Cheryl's Story

"I’m not proud of what I did, but prison allowed me to develop some positivity in myself and for my future."

KARINA's Story

"My experience of being indigenous is so polar opposite to my non-indigenous friends."

Tim's Story

"At times it felt like putting your hand up against a tsunami, but small steps at a time, people can heal."

Remberto's Story

"One of the reasons I chose to work at ACSO is that I know how tough it is to be in jail."

Noel's Story

"I was taught to cook and look after myself.... I haven’t been back to jail since I got that support."

Johnnie's Story

"Forgiveness is a beautiful thing, and it has made me feel accepted and a part of the community."

Jen's Story

"If I can just change the experience of one woman relating to health care, I'm happy with that."

Clayton's Story

"My goal now is to never to be a statistic of recidivism again."

Christine's Story

"We talk about giving a second chance for clients, but I felt I got a second chance as well."