Patrick and his three children are homeless.

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.2Bclig

They have nowhere to live.

The reality is that every night there are hundreds of women, men and even children, on the streets of Adelaide, trying to find a place to sleep.

Some are homeless because they’ve lost a job or struggling with severe mental illness. Others have nowhere to go when relationships breakdown or when violence at home has gone too far.

Patrick never thought he’d be homeless. He has been unemployed for three years now, the longest he’s ever gone without a job. That, along with significant family and relationship breakdowns, meant Patrick suddenly found himself homeless.

Patrick and his kids came to Baptist Care’s WestCare Centre a few weeks ago when he felt he didn’t have any other options. They now come in every day for lunch. Patrick says, ‘It’s just a relief, somewhere to come and have a laugh and get your mind off reality.’

For many people, WestCare is a bridge. They can come in and have a three course lunch, enjoy a warm shower, do their laundry and talk to a friendly face. But even more than that, they can then access services like housing assistance, health support, legal counsel and so much more. That’s where we really see lives changed!

Right now, we are urgently helping Patrick find somewhere permanent to live so he can look after his children in a safe place.

Can you help? Your gift today will get us one step closer to the $350,000 a year we need to run these vital services.

Click on the DONATE NOW button on the right to give today so we can help people like Patrick and his family.

Thank you!

TRULY I TELL YOU, WHATEVER YOU DID FOR ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF MINE, YOU DID FOR ME.’ MATTHEW 25:4


Thank you for caring,

Paul Scully
Chief Executive Officer

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