There are more than 116,000 Australians experiencing homelessness. Alarmingly, approximately 60,000 of these are under the age of 35, and more than 17,000 children under the age of 12 don’t have a stable place to call home.
The face of homelessness in Australia has changed. Across New South Wales, the high cost of living, stagnant wages and unsteady jobs can push anyone into crisis. Many families living on the edge are only a few pay packets away from homelessness, and the majority of people experiencing homelessness are in the prime of their lives.
Your support is vital in helping us provide essential care and programs to those in our community who need it the most.
Register or sponsor a participant to help us change lives.
Why we need your support
The human reality of homelessness is told through the personal stories of the many people the St Vincent de Paul Society assists every day. Every night there are in excess of three hundred and fifty people across the Riverina who are experiencing homelessness with many of them being the youth of our community.
Young people experiencing homelessness find it more difficult to maintain support, connect with their community and participate in education, training and employment. Our youth who experience homelessness are at increased risk of experiencing ongoing homelessness as adults.
It is critical that we provide people experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness with the support to rebuild their lives and reconnect with the community. It is also more important than ever that we prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place.
How can you help
You can help us reach our goal of seeing 100 sleepers raise $100,000. Register today as a team or individual and start fundraising.
The funds raised will help realise a new youth initiative program. This project aims to support young people who are experiencing homelessness who have the desire to connect with education, employment and training, through personal development, skill development and work related activities.
Participants will be assisted in activities to boost their confidence and motivation to more proactively seek to obtain competencies to advance training or employment opportunities and engage work related activities including work tasters.
Where: Charles Sturt University
When: Friday, 30 August 2019
Contact: Jacqui, Maree or Renee
Phone: 69 231 904
Bring: Sleeping bag, pillow, a water bottle, wear warm clothing, and a blanket if you feel the cold!
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