The Dan Andrews government this morning announced $5.2b in funding to build 12,000 new social housing units which will create around 18,000 new jobs. Whist this is absolutely fantastic news and something we have been lobbying for since we started this charity almost 6 years ago, we have still forgotten one fundamental flaw in the system. These jobs that will be created will mostly not be suitable for those living within the turmoil and chaos that homelessness and domestic violence brings. We believe in the housing first model but until we give a person back their sense of purpose we […]
Always was, always will be. NAIDOC Week 2020 In 2019, 3.57% of Indigenous peoples were experiencing homelessness compared to 1.2% on non Indigenous Australians. This means that 1 in 28 of all Aboriginal peoples have nowhere safe and suitable to live on our own land. If it always was and always will be Aboriginal land, why are so many Aboriginal people still displaced and still not being given the opportunity to live their days in peace in a place of their own? When I started @Sisters in Safe Housing to support women experiencing homelessness to access safe, suitable and timely […]
Today we started our annual Christmas appeal to make sure children and families doing it tough can still enjoy Christmas this year. When we first started helping families at Christmas it was just a few gifts and vouchers to those experiencing homelessness. Now we collect and send gifts all over the country. There are still so many people and places forgotten and suffering at Christmas time. This year our first goal is to help 250 families, and our second goal is to help 250 more! We’re not a funded charity. We simply rely on the good hearts of the people […]
Victoria, we thank you. During a time of great suffering for so many, you all came together and helped us help those who were struggling. Your support for your fellow Victorians during this very difficult time was unwavering and driven by love. As we come closer to what we hope is finally the end of lockdown we want to thank you once again. We could NOT have done this without you. We’re a small unfunded grass roots charity helping thousands of people on the back of absolutely nothing except your support. You did this, Victoria 💕 Thank you so much […]
Who did this! 😱 🥰 Last week we put a desperate call out for donations of toiletries as we had run out. and a few people messaged us saying they would like to order online. This morning this incredible haul arrived from Catch of the Day but it doesn’t have your name on it. Fess up! Who are you, you amazing human 🥰💕🙏 Look at all these incredible donations! Thank you so so much!
We’re a charity supporting all people experiencing homelessness, domestic abuse and disadvantage. And we support people in almost all areas of life. Included in that support is personal hygiene items. It is absolutely crucial that every person experiencing homelessness or disadvantage has access to personal hygiene items. During the pandemic lockdown we twice ran out of absolutely everything, but we managed to re stock, well, almost. We still struggle to get toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant. Perhaps when we think of personal hygiene we automatically go straight to soap, or shampoo. Our minds think ‘clean’ and it’s soap with all its […]
The pandemic has hit hard in so many ways and we haven’t been immune from its wrath. We ran out of almost everything for our Period Packs just as the need for donations was increasing. We reached out to the incredible people at Johnson & Johnson who own Carefree and Stayfree pads and tampons and they were only too happy to help! This wonderful company donated over 10,000 products to help get us though tough times here in Melboune to make sure everyone’s support has access to menstrual hygiene items during lockdown. Thanks J&J. We’re so grateful for your support.
Sometimes a small thing can make a huge difference to someone in need, especially when no one else is around to help. 🍔🍟🥤 Instant food wins are very popular for people sleeping rough, as they can redeem them when the food vans are gone and the street feeds are closed. If you happen to collect instant food and drink wins and you’re not using them, we’d love to have them to pass on to people sleeping rough in Melbourne. We’ll be passing these on to Deb and the awesome team at From Us 2 You to help get them out […]
Jenga, Snakes & Ladders, Sudoku, Crosswords, Lego, word finder, sketch books, colouring in, Jigsaws, teddies and so much more! Today our super volunteers made dozens and dozens of play bags for kids, teens and adults. These bags will be going to tower residence who have a family member with Covid and who can’t get outside to play and exercise. Three play and activity bags are essential in keeping kids occupied and keeping parents inspired and busy while they’re locked inside. We have family jigsaw puzzles, kids puzzles, kids toys and games, coloring books, books and games for teens and heaps […]
We are so incredibly proud to lend our support to Aboriginal women and children in the Northern Territory. As a First Nations woman myself it is an honour to acknowledge our elders and those who come before us who continue teaching our ways and traditions. We have supported a Women and children’s refuge in the NT for a number of years now and this space is cared for by many Larrakia women. Each year the women come together to celebrate and we are honoured to provide these gifts for their annual get together. Sadly due to covid I won’t be […]
As Covid continues to keep us in lockdown, so many organisations still need our help and support. Today we got the old gang together and made up 30 play bags for kids living in towers who are prevented from playing outside due to covid. Each bag has some crayons, a colouring book, a toy, a new book, some stickers and some Play Doh. Kids living in towers have to be isolated because of Covid but they don’t have backyards to play in, and with playgrounds being closed it has made it extra hard for parents and care givers to keep […]