Spring...at last

It's Spring at last - and while the past grey, grim few months give way to sunshine, I'm sure you'll have been thinking of the homeless who struggled each night to find shelter.

Max* was one of these people and I'd like to tell you about him today. He shuffled into the Centre one cold, frosty morning when the air was so fresh you could see his breath. He came because he'd heard he could come to WestCare for some breakfast and a hot cup of tea.

One of the staff noticed that his clothes were wet and that he was walking with difficulty. It was clear he'd been sleeping rough and he asked Max if he was in pain. Max cradled his hot mug in his hands and admitted his feet were hurting him.

Max agreed to allow our onsite nurse to examine his feet. She found that his feet were ulcerated and blistered from being in wet socks for a long time. Sadly, this is a pretty common condition for many of the people who come here.

The nurse dressed and treated Max's feet and new, warm socks were provided for him through our Emergency Relief Program. Our homelessness intake worker found Max transitional accommodation in a nearby hostel.

That night, Max lay in a warm, soft bed, listening to the rain outside. He'd been asked to come back to the Centre again in the morning. He knew he'd be starting the day with breakfast, and that staff would talk to him about how they could help him to move forward.

It was a nice feeling.

Like the weather, Max's situation is looking much brighter today. But for many others, the same challenges remain.

When you donate to the WestCare Centre, you're helping provide meals to people in desperate need, like Max, and you're helping to make sure that specially trained staff are onsite to assist them.  Like many people who're homeless, Max wouldn't have made an appointment to see a doctor. It's far more likely he would have carried on as he was, suffering, while his condition worsened.

Max came to WestCare for food, but when he arrived he found other essential servies onsite to help him. These include free legal, dental optical and hearing services as well as regular health checks provided by a nurse and GP.

Will you consider helping people like Max?

I know that you care about those in our midst who're struggling.  Your donation will help provide a fresh start and a real life sanctuary this Spring to those who need it most.

Thank you for your compassion.

Paul Scully
Chief Executive Officer

I’m sure you’ve noticed that all around us are the tell-tale signs that a long, cold winter is behind us. Perhaps you’re already anticipating the fresh beginnings that the new season may bring. Unfortunately, for the many people who live in poverty in this country, each season is much the same as the last.

Lila* was one of hundreds of people that come to our WestCare Centre. She was kicked out of home by her violent step-father and was living on the streets.
It was a harsh, demoralising existence for a young girl.

She came to our WestCare Centre for meals, hot showers and laundry facilities. But she found much more than that. She found our workers on the ground ready to listen without judgment, to support her, and to connect her to the right services.

Soon she had her own home and was making positive decisions for her future. “I’m so grateful for the help I got,” she says.

Today, she is a well-adjusted woman raising a family of her own.

The WestCare Centre is funded solely through the kindness and compassion of people who care for those, like Lila, who’re struggling in our community. But resources are stretched and the need remains great.

Your donation will provide food and emergency aid, but it will also help us to keep the doors open so that people can come to be safe, to rest and to access legal aid, dental care, health checks, referrals and advocacy.

*name has been changed

- See more at: http://www.baptistcaresa.org.au/donate-now#sthash.2BcligO9.dpuf

I’m sure you’ve noticed that all around us are the tell-tale signs that a long, cold winter is behind us. Perhaps you’re already anticipating the fresh beginnings that the new season may bring. Unfortunately, for the many people who live in poverty in this country, each season is much the same as the last.

Lila* was one of hundreds of people that come to our WestCare Centre. She was kicked out of home by her violent step-father and was living on the streets.
It was a harsh, demoralising existence for a young girl.

She came to our WestCare Centre for meals, hot showers and laundry facilities. But she found much more than that. She found our workers on the ground ready to listen without judgment, to support her, and to connect her to the right services.

Soon she had her own home and was making positive decisions for her future. “I’m so grateful for the help I got,” she says.

Today, she is a well-adjusted woman raising a family of her own.

The WestCare Centre is funded solely through the kindness and compassion of people who care for those, like Lila, who’re struggling in our community. But resources are stretched and the need remains great.

Your donation will provide food and emergency aid, but it will also help us to keep the doors open so that people can come to be safe, to rest and to access legal aid, dental care, health checks, referrals and advocacy.

*name has been changed

- See more at: http://www.baptistcaresa.org.au/donate-now#sthash.2BcligO9.dpuf

I’m sure you’ve noticed that all around us are the tell-tale signs that a long, cold winter is behind us. Perhaps you’re already anticipating the fresh beginnings that the new season may bring. Unfortunately, for the many people who live in poverty in this country, each season is much the same as the last.

Lila* was one of hundreds of people that come to our WestCare Centre. She was kicked out of home by her violent step-father and was living on the streets.
It was a harsh, demoralising existence for a young girl.

She came to our WestCare Centre for meals, hot showers and laundry facilities. But she found much more than that. She found our workers on the ground ready to listen without judgment, to support her, and to connect her to the right services.

Soon she had her own home and was making positive decisions for her future. “I’m so grateful for the help I got,” she says.

Today, she is a well-adjusted woman raising a family of her own.

The WestCare Centre is funded solely through the kindness and compassion of people who care for those, like Lila, who’re struggling in our community. But resources are stretched and the need remains great.

Your donation will provide food and emergency aid, but it will also help us to keep the doors open so that people can come to be safe, to rest and to access legal aid, dental care, health checks, referrals and advocacy.

*name has been changed

- See more at: http://www.baptistcaresa.org.au/donate-now#sthash.2B
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