ruby-and-joseNinety-eight year-old Householder Ruby has loved having international student José from Mexico as her Homesharer. Studying international finance and managing a big student loan, Homeshare has been a god-send for José, while for Ruby it has provided companionship.

“I hate having a day go by and not hear the sound of another human voice,” Ruby says. “And as much as I love my cat, she’s no substitute for a person. José even plays the guitar to me which is such a pleasure.”

Pictured together at a Christmas get-together in Melbourne, such events remind José of his large family gatherings in Mexico which always include his much-loved grandmother who lives in the unit alongside his family home.