Youth Homelessness Matters, Support to recover from Homelessness.

Homelessness Nsw

Today, on Youth Homelessness Matters Day #YHMD, we’re urging you to take action. Please sign this petition to Minister for Education and Youth, Alan Tudge, to tell him young people who are homeless need:
Adequate income support to afford rent.
Access to social housing.
Support to recover from homelessness and to connect with education.
It takes two minutes. Sign here: https://everybodyshome.com.au/yhmd/

Wollongong Homeless Hub would like to thank everybody that provided donations for Easter for our families in crisis.

Wollongong Homeless Hub would like to thank everybody that provided donations so we could provide a little Easter fun to our families in crisis accommodation this Easter. Thank you to our Hub bunnies that took time out of a busy schedule to deliver the goodies.
We also had one lucky winner of our colouring in competition that received an extra surprise.
* All photos used with consent.

Wollongong Homeless Hub Food Drive.

Wollongong Homeless Hub is conducting a food drive, as it is coming up to the colder months. If you would like to donate, drop off points are at Surf Dive N Ski Wollongong Mall, Bendigo Bank Fairy Meadow, Lederer Corrimal and OMF Warrawong. Otherwise if you would like us to pick up, please email us on info@wefh.org.au or drop off to our premises.

 

International Women’s day.

Today I reflect on how fortunate I am to be surrounded by strong and resilient Women in my professional and personal life, grateful for the amazing women and Men in my life that give me the inspiration and support that motivates me to continue with a commitment to providing people experiencing homelessness with a pathway forward that gives dignity and respect.
This year theme International Women’s day #choosetochallenge reminds me of the need to challenge the stigma and judgement for those that are experiencing homelessness and replace it with understanding and empathy.
Let’s all choose to have a commitment to end homelessness not because it’s a political statement but because we as a community will accept nothing less than a safe and affordable place to call home for all.
Mandy Booker CEO WEFH

Thank you to Streetsmart for the grant.

We would like to thank Streetsmart for the grant to give these amazing individuals an afternoon of team building and fun after such a difficult 12 months.
I am so proud of all the effort they put in to support our homeless community members.

Covid-19 outbreak Wollongong

Due to the Covid outbreak, we are requesting that all donations to the service be arranged as a pick up, so as to keep our clients and community safe. We ask that items be placed out on verandas where possible so as to limit contact. Please send us a private message or ring on 4228 0955 for this to be organised.

 

Big thank you to all our clients and community, the biggest thanks to WEFH staff and volunteers for your continued support throughout 2020

It is that time of year again when many of you will start to wind down for some much-needed R&R and a chance to spend time with family and friends to enjoy the festive season. Before you do, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our clients and community and the biggest Thanks to WEFH staff and volunteers for your continued support throughout 2020 and remind you of some of the highlights in year like no other:
– Stayed front line and face to face service delivery throughout a global pandemic!
– Distributed 220 Christmas Hampers and over $3,500 entertainment, food and travel vouchers
– Over 11000 breakfasts
– 14,000 nights of crisis accommodation provided in 2020
– 11 Together Home participants transitioned from rough sleeping to successfully housed with ongoing support
– Over 3000 food hampers through 2020 – all from community donations
– Over 2000 drop in clients to our homeless hub
– Opening of our first 8 room shared house for ladies over 25
– 22 families (60 children) supported with Transitional housing in our community houses
– Launch of our Wollongong Homeless Hub mobile App.
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Thank you Illawarra

Thank you Illawarra for giving so generously to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness a food hamper that nourishes hungry bellies and a message that they are not alone.

 

1 Week to Christmas for our Hamper Packs

On the 1st week of Christmas my ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Communities Choice.
Keep the surprises coming. Our clients are grateful for all the items the community provides.
Drop off points available with Covid restrictions in place are at Paul Scully MP office, Bendigo Bank, Oak Flats, Corrimal RSL and Wollongong Homeless Hub.
Due to Covid restrictions and keeping our community and clients as safe as possible, donations can be collected if needed. Please contact admin@wefh.org to arrange for Tuesday or Wednesday pick up.

2 Weeks to Christmas for our Hamper Packs

On the 2nd week of Christmas my ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Communities Choice.
Who doesn’t love a surprise. Our clients would appreciate anything that our wonderful community would like to give.
Drop off points available are at Paul Scully MP office, Bendigo Bank, Oak Flats, Corrimal RSL and Wollongong Homeless Hub.

Thank you to Big T’z Canteen for their very generous donation

Thank you to Big T’z Canteen for their very generous donation of plastic containers, cups, serviettes, forks, plates and other items. These containers will support our breakfast program as we continue take away breakfast for our rough sleepers due to COVID 19. A big thank you also to 1st Class Removals who delivered all the items to our premises.

 

3 Weeks to Christmas for our Hamper Packs

On the 3rd week of Christmas my ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Entertainment vouchers (children’s play centres, roller skating, bowling, movies, rock climbing)
Help our clients to experience some fun and entertainment during these holidays.
Thanks to Banjo for his wonderful picture.
Drop off points available are at Paul Scully MP office, Bendigo Bank, Oak Flats, Corrimal RSL and Wollongong Homeless Hub.

4 Weeks to Christmas for our Hamper Packs

On the 4th week of Christmas my ‘Hub Family’ gave to me drinks (this can include juice, milk, poppers).
Who doesn’t love a cold drink on a hot Summer’s day. This will help keep our clients cool and hydrated.
Thanks to John for his wonderful picture.
Drop off points available are at Paul Scully MP office, Bendigo Bank, Oak Flats, Corrimal RSL and Wollongong Homeless Hub.

Thanks to Corrimal RSL for your Christmas support.

Corrimal RSL is an authorised collection point for the

Wollongong Emergency Family Housing

12 Weeks of Christmas Giving.

We are joining them at the halfway point and will be collecting your donations in the baskets by the fire at reception.
Be sure to check in weekly to see the featured item for the week.
This weeks featured items are: Tinned Veggies and condiments – all non perishable items will be received with thanks ❤ https://www.facebook.com/wollongongemergencyfamilyhousing/posts/3597190500323715
Members also have the opportunity to donate their unused member points which will be given as a cash donation. Ask our staff how you can do this.

5 Weeks to Christmas for our Hamper Packs

On the 5th week of Christmas my ‘Hub Family’ gave to me Caltex and Shell petrol vouchers.
This would enable our clients to attend appointments, viewings and any medical appointments.
Drop off points available are at Paul Scully MP office, Bendigo Bank, Oak Flats, Corrimal RSL and Wollongong Homeless Hub.