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Wrap up Homelessness Week

Wollongong Homeless Hub is asking you to wrap up for homelessness from June 4 – 8!

Wrap up Homelessness is an initiative to raise awareness about individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  The Hub aims to raise $5000 to support those in need, but we need your help.

The hub is seeing more and more middle income individuals and families seeking assistance through our service that are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness, because they are just not able to meet rental payments in current unstable housing market.  These are people who have full-time employment, who have never had to access these service supports before and who often have good rental history – they simply cannot afford the increased rents in private market.  With additional people accessing the Hub we the help of our supporters more than ever to provide material and financial assistance in an emergency situations.  This may be used to meet a variety of needs which may include prescription medication, food vouchers, opal cards, travel to escape DV, emergency accommodation, tents/swags, petrol vouchers, support for homeless who are hospitalized etc.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We are inviting the public to host a fundraising day by wrapping up and wearing a scarf, shawl, wrap or beanie and collecting a gold coin donation at work, school, church/ community group, or even you local sporting club.  If you are interested in supporting ‘Wrap up Homelessness’ week email info@wefh.org.au to register.

Every dollar counts when you have nothing, please help us raise funds to help those who are going without in our local community.

 

Albion Park Family – news article

Quote from article “Mandy Booker, Manager WHH,has seen a rise in demand for services from working families. These families face extra barriers due to their inability to be able to connect with services during work hours, often leaving it too late. Through our early intervention tenancies at risk Glider Project we have identified this as of of the hurdles, along with the inability to attend appointments and viewing times for property inspections that clash with work hours…..Real Estate Agents can also refer their tenants to the Glider Project as soon as they know that the tenant needs to vacate…..”

https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/5374068/we-will-be-homeless-by-saturday-albion-park-familys-plea/

 

Updated Hub Services Schedule

Good afternoon Hub Community attached is our updated service flyer. We have extended our drop in service time to 3pm. IRT are also coming on board for outreach on a Monday.

 

My Health Record

My Health Record is the of the national digital health record system. Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, and test or scan reports can be digitally available in one place. For information click of the link. https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/

 

High School Social Justice Group

Over the last few weeks we have had a number of High Schools support Wollongong Homeless Hub, including Edmund Rice College Wollongong, Mount Annan Christian College and Albion Park High School. Students from Edmund Rice College organised a food drive of non-perishables to assist with our rough sleeper packs. Students of Mount Annan Christian College visited Wollongong Homeless Hub and volunteered their time to serve breakfast and learn about what we do as a service to support the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Students from Albion Park High School raised funds for the hub. We would like to say thank you to all the student’s, teachers and parents who gave up their time to support the client’s Wollongong Homeless Hub.

Fun at the Trivia Night

What a fantastic night we had at our very first Trivia Night. There was lots of laughs and even singing to Disney’ Aladdin ‘A whole new world’ – thank you Jason, even the art form of making and creating flight with a paper aeroplane 😉 Of course the night would not have been possible with out the help and support of staff and volunteer donating their time, Collegians for hosting the event, our wonderful sponsors for donating prizes and to Jason thank you for MC the night.

Easter with The Hub

We would like to send out a big thank you to the local community, Soccajoeys South Coast Macarthur, Peoplecare, Community Industry Group – Illawarra Forum for donating to our service to help with our Easter Celebration last Thursday. Staff and Clients at the Hub would also like to send out a big thank you to our Hub Community for your continued support of our service especially during times of need. We very much appreciate all individuals and organisations who donate items and their time to our service.

Trivia Night

Wollongong Homeless Hub, a project of Wollongong Emergency Family Housing is hosting a Trivia Night on Saturday 7 April at Collegians Wollongong. The aim of the event is to raise funds for Wollongong Homeless Hub to continue to provide services to our local community, with regard to homelessness, and also to encourage community participation through a fun and social event.
For tickets go to www.trybooking.com/361802

Glider Launch

This morning we launched our targeted early intervention project ‘Glider’. Glider project is aimed to preserve tenancies in the community housing and private sector. For real estate and community housing providers please email glider@wefh.org.au – for more information or visit http://www.wefh.org.au/glider/

We would like to thank all participants who gave up their time to support the Glider Launch and we look forward to giving you updates as the pilot program progresses. A special thanks goes to Collegians RLFC for hosting our launch.

Surf Dive ‘n’ Ski

We were very excited to receive an email from Heather at Surf Dive n Ski Wollongong, advising that they will be donating 100 back packs/ pencil cases and drink bottles to our service. Thank you Heather and the Team.

Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
to find the cupboard was bare…
So now we ask the community once again
to help the hub clients with some non-perishable food
for our breakfast program and rough sleeper packs
(tin baked bean/ spaghetti, tuna (ring pull), noodle cups and up n go’s)

or tax deductible cash donations can be sent through via Direct deposit and can be made, to Wollongong Emergency Family Housing BSB 633-000 Account Number 142496728 you will need provide the date of deposit and reference your deposit with your name for us to find your payment. Donations can be dropped off Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm, 24 Kenny Street Wollongong.

 

Mobile Outreach Service Delivery

A great start to our new community outreach service, first stop The Hope Centre then off to Darcy House. We look forward to connecting with more communities and services.

Australia Day Award and Update

Apologise for the late update, we are proud to share that we were fortunate to be recognised for the Australia Day Lord Mayor’s Special Award. This award is not just for our Service but to the community that supports those in need.

Despite January being a short operational month for the Homeless Hub there was no shortage in the demand for service. We provided 108 food parcels, 41 showers, 280 breakfast served, and 6 pairs of jocks and socks. The above would not have been possible without the kind donations we receive. Reminder Orange Sky Laundry operates every Friday from 9am – 12noon weekly.

We would like to remind everyone that Wollongong Homeless Hub and Wollongong Emergency Family Housing facebook pages need to be a positive space and anybody found to be using it as a platform to harass or reflect negatively to others opinions will be blocked from the pages.Watch this space for our 2018 projects.

Welcome Back 2018

Good morning Hub Community and welcome to 2018, we hope everyone kept safe over the Christmas Break 😀 Our service is well into the swing of things having been open since the 2 January, since then we have been able to house 5 clients, provide 121 hot breakfast, 48 rough sleeper packs and 22 showers.

Our service is open from Monday to Friday 9am to 10am for breakfast (rough sleepers/ and those in temporary accommodation), 10am to 2pm drop in service support and from 2pm to 4pm appointment only. Please refer to attached flyer for outreach service supports that attend the hub regularly.

We would also like to say thank you to Kneading Ruby who provided a Christmas Eve lunch for the clients of our service (below photograph by Sylvia Liber), thank you to Woolworths Wollongong for providing a Christmas shop to one of our family’s, also thank you to the 17 Branch Manager’s and staff of CBA who dedicated their time in collecting activity vouchers, presents and non-perishable food for our service.

As we received an amazing amount of donations of non-perishable food, we are still continuing to hand out rough sleeper packs, thank you once again to the Illawarra Community for supporting our Christmas Hamper Drive.

Christmas Lunch

What a fantastic day we’ve all had, thank you to the many people who volunteered their time to assist will cleaning, setting and packing up, with entertaining the children and adults, serving and donating food, and making delicious treats for our many guests to eat. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year from Wollongong Homeless Hub.

Christmas Lunch

After many hours of packing Christmas hampers yesterday, we are very excited to announce that we have reach our goal of 100 hampers, we were also able to pack an additional 50 rough sleeper hampers (which are in the orange bags) and also have estimated that we will get close to fulfilling our rough sleeper demand in January for rough sleeper food packs. Our service cannot thank the Illawarra Community enough for donating the items on the Christmas List, as well as those who donated their time to put the hampers together. Thank you Illawarra – You are Amazing! 😀😀

Updated photos

Some more updated pics on the progress of our packing : )

Hamper Packing Day

Our ‘Hamper Packing Day’ has just began, we have had an overwhelming response from our wonderful Illawarra Community in support of our Christmas Hamper Drive. Keep watching for further updates throughout the day : ) Thank you to everyone – you are amazing.