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Appeal for ‘One off Assistance’

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 info@wefh.org.au or use the donation link on our website.

 

Thank all Emergency Services personnel who have sacrificed their time over the last few months to protect our community from the ongoing bushfire crisis affecting our country.

Wollongong Homeless Hub would like to thank all Emergency Services personnel who have sacrificed their time over the last few months to protect our community from the ongoing bushfire crisis affecting our country.

We are grateful to hear that family and staff directly affected and displaced during this crisis have been able to breathe a sigh of relief as they are now able to return home.

As a frontline service, we have been able to react immediately when demand increased for our services. During this crisis, we have met people who have found themselves accessing our homeless service for advice, support, advocacy and accommodation not knowing if they were going to become one of the many thousands of people who are homeless across our states.

The Christmas/ New Year period is normally a tough time for Wollongong Homeless Hub clients and this year had an added difficulty with increased demand on resources due to the bushfire crisis.

We are grateful that we have been able to assist people to travel back home, provide a tank of petrol or receive much needed medication and food parcels, Christmas donations of Opal cards, food vouchers and financial donations that would normally last a couple of months have now all been given out to those in need. We now need to work to replenish our resources and continue to provide support to those vulnerable in our community who rely on our service on a daily basis.

With many people donating to bushfire fundraisers and causes we are aware that people may have already committed to donating to those larger campaigns, if you are able to dig a little deeper to help a local service replenish our resources we would greatly appreciate it.

Donations can be made by clicking the following link or opal and food vouchers can be sent or delivered to 75-79 Keira street Wollongong 2500. http://www.wefh.org.au/donations/

Welcome the New Year and special thank you to all who donated, volunteered and supported our services.

This post has been a long-time coming, we would like to welcome everyone to the New Year, and give out that special thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered and supported our service. Through the Christmas donations we have been able to not only support those in our community during the Christmas period, but also assist people who are fleeing the fires and coming into our emergency accommodation. Thank you again to the wonderful people of the Illawarra x

Last weeks till Christmas

On the last weeks till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me, ‘communities choice’ (you can choose what you like to put in the hamper) entertainment vouchers,drinks and Shell Petrol Vouchers, Thongs, Long Life Custard and Tinned Fruit the ‘gift of choice’ by Woolworth or Coles Voucher, Party Food, Instant Coffee (plain and flavoured) a Tin of Ham and a $10.00 Opal Card (be sure to sing the jingle!!)

The entertainment vouchers can include play centre’s, movie vouchers, roller skating, rock climbing etc

A very special thank you to Oliva for your beautiful Christmas Tree and Angels.

If you could please drop off items by Friday 20/12/19 by 12 noon at 75-79 Keira Street Wollongong, would be wonderful – thank you so much to everyone for your support.

3 Weeks to Christmas

On the 3rd week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me entertainment vouchers,drinks and Shell Petrol Vouchers, Thongs, Long Life Custard and Tinned Fruit the ‘gift of choice’ by Woolworth or Coles Voucher, Party Food, Instant Coffee (plain and flavoured) a Tin of Ham and a $10.00 Opal Card (be sure to sing the jingle!!)

The entertainment vouchers can include play centre’s, movie vouchers, roller skating, rock climbing etc

A very special thank you to Michelle for her creativity and art piece this week.

4 Weeks to Christmas

On the 4th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Drinks (milk, juice, poppers etc.), Caltex and Shell Petrol Vouchers, Thongs, Long Life Custard and Tinned Fruit the ‘gift of choice’ by Woolworth or Coles Voucher, Party Food, Instant Coffee (plain and flavoured) a Tin of Ham and a $10.00 Opal Card (be sure to sing the jingle!!)

The varieties of drinks give our clients some much needed beverages to enjoy in their daily lives.

A very special thank you to last year’s artist who’s hand coloured ginger bread house is so beautifully done.

Recognition to one of our amazing employee’s Lawrence Wood

We would like to give recognition to one of our amazing employee’s Lawrence Wood our Community Movers driver and property handyman who this past month has not only assisted victims of domestic violence relocate from Orange, looked after our transitional properties and anything else we request of him with dedication and commitment, he has also shown his commitment to our community as a volunteer Rural fire fighter attending fires up and down the coast. We are feeling very fortunate to have you as part of our team and Thank you for all that you do for our community inside and outside of our service.

5 Weeks to Christmas

On the 5th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Caltex and Shell Petrol Vouchers, Thongs, Long Life Custard and Tinned Fruit the ‘gift of choice’ by Woolworth or Coles Voucher, Party Food, Instant Coffee (plain and flavoured) a Tin of Ham and a $10.00 Opal Card (be sure to sing the jingle!!)

The vouchers give our clients the opportunity to travel to job interviews and appointments.

Connect the dots and have fun outlining the mystery object holding the candy cane.

6 Weeks to Christmas

On the 6th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Thongs, Long Life Custard and Tinned Fruit the ‘gift of choice’ by Woolworth or Coles Voucher, Party Food, Instant Coffee (plain and flavoured) a Tin of Ham and a $10.00 Opal Card (be sure to sing the jingle!!)
The thongs give our clients the opportunity to enjoy some comfort on their feet.
Thank you to the wonderful creative artist for this week’s Christmas figure.

 

7 Weeks till Christmas

On the 7th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Long Life Custard and Tinned Fruit the ‘gift of choice’ by Woolworth or Coles Voucher, Party Food, Instant Coffee (plain and flavoured) a Tin of Ham and a $10.00 Opal Card (be sure to sing the jingle!!)

The custard and fruit gives our clients the opportunity to enjoy a dessert treat on Christmas day.

Thank you to Sophie for your wonderful creative artistry for this week’s Christmas figure, you’re amazing!

8 Weeks to Christmas

On the 8th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me the ‘gift of choice’ by Woolworth or Coles Voucher, Party Food, Instant Coffee (plain and flavoured) a Tin of Ham and a $10.00 opal card (be sure to sing the jingle!!)

The vouchers gives our clients the power of choice this Christmas.

Thank you to Isabella for our amazing Christmas painting.

9 Weeks to Christmas

On the 9th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Party Food, Instant Coffee (plain and flavoured) a Tin of Ham and a $10.00 opal card (be sure to sing the jingle!!)

Party food can include chips, lollies, chocolate, popcorn etc.

Thank you to our wonderful creative artist for taking the time to create this week’s Christmas picture…your amazing!

10 Weeks to Christmas

On the 10th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Instant Coffee (plain and flavoured) a Tin of Ham and a $10.00 opal card (be sure to sing the jingle!!)

Thank you to our amazing artist Dillion for taking the time to create this week’s Christmas picture…it looks great!

11 Weeks to Christmas

On the 11th week till Christmas our ‘Hub Family’ gave to me a Tin of Ham and a $10.00 opal card (be sure to sing the jingle!!)

Thank you to our amazing artist for taking the time to create this weeks Christmas picture…it looks great!

12 Weeks to Christmas

Santa’s ready to travel in his sleigh, as we count down our 12 weeks til Christmas hamper fundraiser. We kick it off with connecting our homeless community with family during Christmas. If you can help with the travel we are asking our Hub Family to donate $10.00 opal cards (Adult and/or Children).

Thank you Lucas for starting our season with your wonderful masterpiece.

 

Mobile Market Outreach

Recently we’ve been visiting local Community Centres in the Wollongong and Shellharbour LGA, with our free Mobile Market – Outreach Truck. Last week we visited Albion Park Rail Community Centre and previous fortnight at Koonawarra Community Centre. We’ve had a great response from individuals attending and utilising the information and goods provided. I would like to say thank you to the staff of the Community Centres for your support of our program. To learn more about our Outreach Truck please click on the link. http://www.wefh.org.au/outreachservicedelivery/