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In response to the COVID-19 crisis

What we know as a certainty is that we are open, and preparing to support more Clients in the coming months.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have already:
– Started completing phone assessments and offsite client safety checks as a part of Client welfare monitoring.
– Our Clients are being armed with questions and COVID-19 updates so that they can ask as a precautionary “check in” before receiving visits.
– Our Team are being up-skilled further in identifying risks and calling them out.

Keep updated on our service hours and new outreach program “point of connection” coming soon.

We would like to thank Alex and team from Sublime Point Cafe for coming on board and cooking meals for those sleeping rough and in crisis accommodation within our community. Also thank you to OzHarvest for providing fresh produce, as well as the community for your ongoing support especially during this time.

 

Thank you so much for the wonderful community support

Thank you so much for the wonderful community support we received a special mention to the Fraternity Club, The Coffee Club Wollongong, Wests Illawarra Club, Terria Mia and to the individual members of the Community. Lots of love from Staff at the hub xx

 

 

 

Community Praise

Community Praise
We would like to thank the kind donors who over the past 2 days have assisted us by providing individually wrapped toilet paper rolls for homeless clients and essentials to keep themselves and others as safe as possible in this time of uncertainty. We have currently had to ration the food and items we would normally be able to provide and prioritising those sleeping rough and in crisis accommodation. We normally operate on a 60-80 % food and financial donation basis to deliver the vital community service, however due to current circumstances we have only received approx. 5% of regular donations.

So a very BIG THANK YOU to the lovely families that have thought about our most vulnerable community members at this difficult time.

• Current service changes to protect staff, tenants and community have been implemented.

• Please ring prior to dropping donations so we can be aware you are coming.

• Home visits have been suspended and clients re being contacted via phone support for the immediate future.

• Drop in service is only seeing clients 1 at a time to follow the social distancing guidelines.

• If in doubt of whether we can help you please call ahead and we will advise.

• We are working closely with department of health and housing to provide a safe and healthy environment for all.

Please see the following health links for information on how you can help stop the spread of Corona virus.
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/…/Pages/social-distancing.aspx
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/…/coronavirus-resources-cald.…

Thank you for your support at this time General Manager Mandy Booker and WEFH Team.

 

 

Early Bird Booking Special! – Bingo and Trivia Night

EARLY BIRD BOOKING SPECIAL! receive a toilet roll on the night for the first 20 people to book 😀 For bookings click on the link https://www.trybooking.com/BJDIE

‘Where did you sleep last night’, Bingo and Trivia Night, join us on Friday 12 June 2020 for a fun evening of games and laughter. Doors open at 6pm for 6.30pm start at Collegians Wollongong. Tickets include 1 bingo book pp.

Working with our community on making our public spaces across the region safer for everyone.

We’re working with our community on making our public spaces across the region safer for everyone. We want people to feel safer, be safer and to reduce crime. To help with this, we are asking the community to tell us about your Personal Safety in Public experiences via our website https://our.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/
You can also share your experiences in person on:
➡️Tuesday 3 March – Corrimal Lederer Shopping Centre, 10am to 12pm
➡️Friday 13 March – Wollongong Crown Street Mall, 11.30am to 1.30pm
➡️Tuesday 17 March – Warrawong Plaza, 10am to 12pm
➡️Thursday 19 March – Dapto Mall Shopping Centre,10am to 12pm
➡️Wednesday 25 March – Unanderra Community Centre, 12pm to 1.30pm

 

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!