Emergency Relief Program continues to empower thanks to $200,000 funding boost.
St Pat’s CEO Michael Piu has today thanked Hon. Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Communities for announcing a $200,000 grant on behalf of Lotterywest for the St Pat’s Emergency Relief and Welfare Service
The St Pat’s Emergency Relief team provide advocacy to help with housing referrals, drug and alcohol counselling, employment options and more. Staff also provide food parcels, food vouchers, medicine vouchers, transport, clothing and toiletries, and help with the payment of utility bills and accommodation.
Our Youth Program provides emergency relief, accommodation, food vouchers and other essentials for young people aged between 15 and 24.
Mr Piu said the $200,000 Lotterywest is pivotal to the St Pat’s Emergency Relief continuing to offer clients professional and confidential, practical, social and emotional support in their greatest time of need.
“The St Pat’s Emergency Relief team work with clients to address their immediate crisis, while encouraging and empowering them to speak up for themselves, and act as their own advocate, all helping them to be better equipped to deal with challenges in future” Mr Piu said.
“We are very fortunate that every dollar donated to St Pat’s, the community effectively matches it with donations of clothing, blankets and other essential items. We are also very fortunate to have benefited from $150,000 in volunteer hours this year, thanks to our team of big-hearted volunteers.
“Demand for our services naturally grows during the summer and the festive season and today’s grant will go a long way to providing care for some of Fremantle and south-west metro’s most vulnerable people.
“Minister McGurk has been a great supporter of St Pat’s over the years, both in her current position and as our local member for Fremantle.
Minister McGurk thanked St Pat’s staff and volunteers for their efforts in supporting the community.
“The State Government is proud to support St Pat’s who have assisted so many people experiencing hardship,” Ms McGurk said.
“St Pat’s has supported hundreds of thousands of people through incredibly difficult times, providing a range of supports including meals, transport, housing, clothing, financial support, and social programs.”