It’s always a pleasure when friends drop by for a chat, share a cuppa and provide a blanket for more warmth, especially when you are homeless and about to spend the night sleeping rough. St John’s Grace Fund has recognised the valuable support IMPACT Community Services’ Street Outreach provides to the homeless and has committed $15,000 to the service co-ordination.
Set up as a benevolent fund in May 2011 the St John’s Grace Fund committee have invested more than $1,000,000 to support community organisations in Bundaberg. Chairperson of the Fund, Ross Ridge, said the committee maintains a strong commitment to local services. “We want to help organisations get new projects underway and assist established initiatives, such as Street Outreach, to maintain their valuable service. This is the third year we have allocated funds to IMPACT because we know they are doing an excellent job of meeting the needs of the people they encounter, and we will continue to support them in the future.”
IMPACT Chief Executive Tanya O’Shea welcomes St John’s Grace Fund’s pledge to the Street Outreach Service. “The Grace Fund support is a valuable donation to our organisation. Their confidence in our program delivery ensures Street Outreach continues to support people to link with their community; it is that connection to others, a simple conversation and having someone to listen that can make all the difference in the lives of the people we meet,” Ms O’Shea said.
This vital community service offers people a safe and trusted contact and gateway to other services and advocacy advice. The van carries Street Swags, blankets, warm drinks, and essential items such as toiletries and sanitary items that can all make a night on the street more comfortable for those sleeping rough. Volunteers are always welcome to join the team.