Appeal for ‘One off Assistance’
Wollongong Emergency Family Housing is currently assisting a family who are currently experiencing severe hardship and need additional support.
Mary-Grace and her children are victims of Domestic and Family Violence which resulted in them needing to leave their former home and relocate to Wollongong for safety reasons.
Mary-Grace has been living continuously in Australia since 2001 and until recently was able to work to provide for her family. Last year Mary-Grace developed a medical condition and was unable to continue her employment at that time. As a result the family could not sustain the rent on her private rental property and was given a notice of termination for rent arrears. As Mary-Grace is a New Zealand citizen (her children are Australian born) she is extremely limited in the supports she can get from Centrelink and she was denied assistance from other major charities.
WEFH was able to offer the family safe accommodation by offering them a place in one of our transitional properties. Mary-Grace was able to secure more employment in Sydney but in December 2019 she was involved in a near fatal car accident and lost her means of transport to work and her employment. Thankfully she recovered physically but the family’s financial situation suffered again.
On top of that Mary-Grace has developed a second health issue that her medical specialists have advised will need surgical intervention.
WEFH has been able to provide support with food, school supplies and vouchers but this vulnerable family needs more support.
If you are able to offer a donation to assist this family with rent, living costs or the out of pocket medical costs please email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the donation link on our website.