It was been a really exciting couple of months – as we have become busier than ever we continue to develop plans to extend our services to other areas, with our committee working really hard to accommodate these new developments. Our interaction with 55 Central and the City of Bayswater is progressing as we begin to formalise our partnership for the future Homeless Engagement Hub in the Bayswater area.
We have continued to receive amazing support from community groups, businesses, individuals and also from primary and high school-aged students. Kane and the team at GMR Supplies helped us out with the purchase of a new fridge and freezer. Mitch and the crew at Diverse Electrical & Communications, with Steve from Mater Electrical, helped install two new power points at the depot and other works. Badge Construction came by our depot with two ute loads of donations, and Emporess Catering continues to support us with delicious food. We simply could not manage without the ongoing support of these amazing businesses who do so much for us time and time again, year after year.
We have also had heaps of donations from our community. Visy have kindly provided us with 400 boxes for our Rescue Hamper programme, Balcatta Recycling with backpacks, Olympic Fine Foods with 3500 sachets of cereal and Lush with toiletries. Melissa Robertson and the team at Cancer Research continue to donate numerous knits, rugs, other warm clothing and other items. The Lorikeet Centre, Wanneroo Joondalup and States Emergency Service and DFES, and Salvation Army recently supplied us with blankets, bottled water and other food items. Corinne from Glide Rehabilitation Balcatta, Cindy from the Community Grants Hub, Leah from Constable Care have all donated a large number of items from their work. So many members of the public simply call us with items to donate or drop off donations to us directly, which we are so grateful for, thank you all.
But we are completely blown away with the number of students organising their own drives, or schools holding donation drives. Students and staff from Bull Creek Primary, Carmel School, Scotch College, Shenton College, St. James Anglican, St. Georges, Tapping Primary School and Warwick High School have all been collecting for us these past few months. Thank you all.
So so many members of the public simply call us out of the blue with items to donate or drop off donations to us directly at the depot, which we are so grateful for. As we move into Sprint, we want to give a big shout of “Thank you” to all those knitting groups around Perth who have been working really hard over Winter to supply us with a constant stream of really beautiful and woolly warm beanies, scarves and gloves for our street friends. Thank you all.
We have put in an order for our new van, due to arrive in October. This will be a real help as we grow our services into 2021. We have survived some wet and windy weather this past month, but have been out on the streets every Tuesday night and Sunday morning helping those in need. We could not do this without our stellar group of volunteers – you are all awesome!