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May 2015 News

Community asked to step up for local Toowoomba homeless

  • Written by  Ian Anderson

On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless. 

There is no particular way to define who is homeless as it involves men, women and children who for diverse reasons experience homelessness.  

Services across the Toowoomba Region agree that homelessness is a growing problem in Toowoomba and often feel overwhelmed and under-resourced to provide the necessary services to people who are homeless in the community, sadly this results in many people being turned away. 

Services, businesses, schools, churches, and the local government across the Toowoomba Region are coming together as one for Homelessness Prevention Week formally National Homeless Persons’ Week, run from Monday 3 August to Sunday 9 August.

It is a week long campaign designed to raise community awareness of homelessness, as well as surrounding issues, and to help prevent and end homelessness in the Toowoomba Region.  

The theme for Homeless Prevention Week this year is ‘Step Up”, with the aim of asking individuals, organizations, the community and government how they will step up to help prevent and end homelessness in the Toowoomba Region.  

“We are currently asking the community to step up and partner in this week by offering their skills or services to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness,” said coordinator Ps. Tiffany Spary from the Base Family Church.

Ps. Tiffany said people can help with  vouchers or offering their skills at the Homeless Prevention Week Barbecue and Expo on Monday the 3rd of August from 11am – 1pm, in Bell Street Mall.

“In particular we are seeking the help of local health services such as doctors, dentists, optometrists and podiatrists,” said Ps. Tiffany

If you can help please contact Ps.Tiffany Spary on 0488 514 243 or visit the Facebook page.

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