St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre

Winter Appeal 2017 

As winter sets in – a timely appeal

St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre is now on, with Freo’s key homeless support organization hoping to raise $30,000.  “Winter is the most difficult time of year for our clients,” says Deputy CEO Michael Piu.  “In summertime people who have no home sleep out of doors and worry about their personal safety and the safety of their belongings…but in winter this is a different proposition entirely.  The safety concerns are still present of course, but in addition people become ill from being outside in poor weather.  A simple cold can escalate to pneumonia if you’re constantly exposed to the elements.”

All funds raised will go directly to programs that assist women, men , youth and families.  St. Pat’s offers more than 170 beds, warm meals, a comprehensive health and dental clinic and a number of intensive case-managed programs.  These targeted programs are run by experienced staff who provide specific, tangible support to individuals so they can get their lives back on track.  These programs include:

  • Youth Place program offers intensive support and accommodation to youth aged 15-25
  • Fremantle Family Crisis Accommodation Referral service provides families with accommodation and support services
  • Mental Health Housing Support Service offers intensive case management to individuals with mental illness  
  • Hannick House provides a 13 week intensive program to men

“It’s important for the community to understand that while the needs are great, there is a lot we can all do to give meaningful support to our most marginalized and disadvantaged individuals and families,” says Mr Piu.  “It’s easy to feel hopeless about the situation of the homeless in Australia but there are tangible, helpful ways we can all contribute to create a more just and equitable community.”

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