Each week Baptist Care's WestCare Centre serves 650 meals to people who are struggling in our community.

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.2BcligO9.dpuf
 
The poorest and most disadvantaged people come here – people who’re suffering with all kinds of issues; domestic violence, abuse and mental illness.

The Centre is a place where people can come for meals, emergency relief, advocacy and support.


This year, there’s been a significant spike in the number of people seeking help, which is why I am writing to you.


The meals service continues to be funded solely by generous and committed people who believe in helping others in need. I want to ask you if you’re also someone who believes in helping others? Will you consider joining me in supporting the poorest people in our community?


Just $50 will buy ten people a solid, nutritious meal – often their only one for the day. Will you help?


Like you, I wanted to know that my gift would make a real difference. I visit the Centre regularly and I know my money is being spent on very real and concrete things, like food, and staff who are on the ground to care for, comfort and advocate for people.


One of the most heartening things for me though, has been seeing people who’ve had incredible, positive changes happen in their lives. There are volunteers working serving meals, who initially came in as people in crisis needing help. They believe in the work being done at the Centre. That’s why they’re there.


You don’t need to be rich to make a difference. You just need to be willing.



My giving has strengthened my spiritual life, and that’s been rewarding. But I’ve also had the satisfaction of knowing that in sharing what I have, I’ve delivered very real, very tangible help. You can have this too!
 

Thank you for caring,

Paul Scully
Cheif Executive Officer

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