As seven new people a day seek help from an Illawarra-based food barn, BaptistCare Darcy House in Port Kembla is pleased to be part of the newly created Illawarra Food Hub (IFH) – a region-wide approach to collecting food otherwise destined for the tip and delivering it to people who are struggling to put food on the table.
Having commenced in June, the IFH will provide a coordinator and infrastructure that will allow BaptistCare Darcy House to continue providing healthy meals to our clients using rescued food.
BaptistCare also provides access to much-needed food services, including low-cost groceries, crisis food packs and regular sit-down meals at our various community centres, as we seek provide food support for individuals and families who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Singing for Hope
When our residential aged care team at BaptistCare Griffith decided to fundraise for Sydney’s homeless community, it was heavenly music that they chose to deliver their message of compassion to people who are living with homelessness, addiction, mental health and legal issues.
The Devotionals, as the choir is known, released their first single and album in time for Christmas as part of a new fundraising campaign for BaptistCare HopeStreet, our grass roots homeless service based in Woolloomooloo. HopeStreet also received a visit from the choir to mark Anti-Poverty Week in October.
The 12 strong staff-based choir of BaptistCare Griffith formed in late 2014, and quickly became a tight knit group, regularly performing their heartfelt songs for our elderly residents living in the ACT.
Launch of HopeEnterprises
Driven by a clear purpose of making a difference to those in need, BaptistCare HopeEnterprises has harnessed the opportunity to deliver a professional and commercial service while creating new beginnings for people struggling to enter the workforce.
HopeEnterprises, launched in February 2016, will offer people a real and sustainable pathway out of long term unemployment through accredited training courses that culminate in employment, while also providing wrap around support services all within the one organisation.
The program will offer traineeships in cleaning, lawns and gardens, maintenance services and hospitality, and is already in force across Sydney and Canberra.
The objective of HopeEnterprises is to grow a professional and commercially competitive business which generates income to sustain itself. The service will also generate funds to support our Community Services programs, with a focus on women’s wellbeing and family services.
Over the last financial year, BaptistCare has commenced new community service initiatives in the Northern Rivers, taking key steps in 2015 towards long term service expansion and the development of sustainable, grassroots services in partnership with local churches.
Services to commence under this model include Community Chaplaincy in Lismore & Ballina, StreetCare community outreach/BBQ in Lismore, No Interest Loans (NILS) in Tweed Heads and a new partnership with The Hub Baptist Church in Grafton, focusing on community engagement, food support and NILS.
In Grafton, BaptistCare has also employed a part-time Client Support Worker to support the development of services, while a Community Chaplain is working across three focus areas (community housing at Lismore, the Goonellabah community and Ballina’s Men’s Shed) developing meaningful relationships and providing pastoral care and practical support.
A look at Woolloomooloo
HopeStreet, providing compassionate care to the homeless and marginalised of Woolloomooloo.