Nat, the co-ordinator of the Basement Soup Kitchen and pastor of The Base Family Church, is not only stepping up, but also out, onto the streets of Toowoomba, where he will live during Homeless Prevention Week, August 3-9.
“I want to highlight that homelessness is a growing issue in Toowoomba which is affecting individuals and families of all ages who for diverse reasons find themselves homeless,” said Nat.
“It is not something people plan on becoming, but it is something that as a community we can step up and help prevent.”
Joining Nat as he goes homeless for a week is Jon Martlew, Coordinator of Rosies, Friends on the Street. Together they will have to find clothes to wear on the first day, and food and shelter each day.
Not only is Nat hoping to raise much needed awareness for homlessness in Toowoomba, but also vital funds to help keep the Basemennt Soup Kitchen open, the only service of it’s kind in our city.
“I want to raise $100,000 for the Basement Soup Kitchen to ensure it keeps over,” said Nat. “The Basement provides more than a meal, it provides a friendly face and support to people in need through the support services we host, including the Department of Human Services, Oz Care Health Clinic and a Homeless Person’s Legal Clinic.”
“Frequently through these support services, a wonderful team of 20 volunteers and case management, we are able to help people exit the crisis they are in or at risk of.”
To support Nat and help keep the Basment Soup Kitchen open, donate at www.homelessforaweek.com.au, or cash/cheque donations can be written and sent to The Basement, PO Box 2216, Toowoomba 4350