Emergency Packs for the Homeless
Brighton North Rotary’s Community Committee, after running a pilot program of 20 packs, applied for and received a Rotary District 9800 grant, to enable provision of Emergency Packs for first time homeless people. The emergency packs are distributed through the Salvation Army's Crisis Centre in St Kilda and contain personal care items, linen, crockery/cutlery, basic food items and new clothing basics.
Understanding the need
Richard Elmer from the Salvation Army Crisis Centre details some of their work:
- The Centre is the only state-wide crisis entry point service open 24 hours, every day of the year
- Last financial year the Centre had contact (in person and face to face) with 10,213 people in 22,968 total assists
- The service acts as a “safety net” within the current homelessness system, assisting and advocating for people who fall through the gaps
- After hours, when housing services are closed, the Centre can assist people with emergency accommodation (usually in hotels) and refer them to their housing service the following day. It is at this point the person is provided with the Emergency Pack.
Brighton North Rotary delivered 20 packs in September 2017 which were distributed in just four days, then another 97 over the next 3 months, 86 for women and children, plus 11 for men.