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Winter: tough on struggling families
Winter ... extra struggle to keep families warm and dry
The response to the St Vincent de Paul Society’s 2002 Winter Appeal – at this early stage of proceedings – has been strong.
This is encouraging given the steadily increasing demand for the Society’s aid, a demand that will increase even more during winter.
People who are already battling will have to struggle with the additional problems of keeping themselves and their families warm and dry.
Every year the Society runs out of resources before it runs out of people in need of assistance.
So your donations will go directly to satisfy those unmet needs.
You can donate at the local level at your parish church or St Vincent de Paul centre (shop) or you can make a donation by calling 131 812 or by sending your donation to PO Box 19, Petersham, NSW, 2049.
The Mary MacKillop Outreach is one of the special works run by the Society that addresses community needs.
The outreach provides fun, educational and innovative programs for people with a mental illness and/or disability who reside in the licensed boarding houses of Sydney’s inner west.
These day programs include vocational training, living skills, literacy and numeracy training, spiritual programs, dances, plays and music programs.
The outreach aims to:
• Provide a quality program in alliance with people living with a mental illness and/or disability, enabling them to explore and fulfil their potential and to improve their overall quality of life;
• Reduce the vulnerability of marginalised older people in our community;
• Provide support for individuals to participate in living skills programs, educational programs, recreational and health promotion activities of their choice, within a friendly atmosphere of encouragement and self-help;
• Foster an inclusive community attitude with respect to residents of licensed boarding houses, by providing opportunities for these people to be recognised for their valuable contribution to our community;
• Provide individual welfare assistance and referral to other professional services or educational programs;
• Provide friendship and support and facilitate social interaction with other members of the community.
For inquiries about the Mary MacKillop Outreach, or to volunteer, call Bob Nelson on (02) 9568 0247.