In the countdown to the #Restyle2014 take over which begins on Friday, I thought I would take the opportunity to share with you all a little about Vinnies, whom I have teamed up with for the challenge.
I for one had shopped at Vinnies, but really had no idea what kind of impact the Society has on those in need within our community. To say that this project has been eye-opening and humbling is right on target. In my world of fashion blogging, keeping in tune with some of these harsh realities is important, to say the least.
SOME FACTS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS TODAY:
Homelessness is on the increase. Today there are 105,237 people experiencing homelessness across Australia, 10,000 in WA. The majority of these people are under 35. 44% of these people are women and 33% are children or young people. More than 27,000 of these are under 18 years of age.
WHAT ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY DOES:
Since 1865, home visitation has remained the core work of the society. Inspired by the Society’s founders in 1833, members continue to visit people in their homes to provide support, friendship and material assistance including Emergency Relief Assistance.
OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT AND REFUGEE MIGRANT SUPPORT
The Society operates in 143 countries and has almost one million members. The Society continues to support developing countries in Asia and the Pacific region- financially, maternally and through correspondence offering encouragement and building fraternity.
With a long history of helping migrants and refugees, the Society support newly arrived refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants through material support, friendship, and advocacy. The Vinnies Shops provide furniture, clothing and household goods to families and people in need. Volunteers make 500 home visits each week in the WA metropolitan area to provide emergency aid, with food vouchers for Woolworths and Coles, blankets, bedding, and vouchers for Vinnies for clothing. The Vinnies vouchers provide at least two outfits per person, which they are able to then choose for themselves. Bed linen, blankets, bed packs, electrical appliances, furniture including tables, couches, beds, cots and more are sent out to refugees who are restarting in Australia with nothing. With the costs of living power and utilities increasing, and the lower basic pension rate, Vinnies are seeing a greater increase for these valuable services.
VINNIES SHOPS AND DEPOT
The Vinnies shops are a valuable resource for people on low incomes, enabling them to buy clothing, furniture, and other household items at an affordable price. The revenue from the sale stock goes directly towards providing resources and support to people in need through Emergency Relief and Special Works programs. The Osborne Park Clothing and Furniture Depot is the main point for all material donations and provides direct assistance to the community through the provision of material goods.
PASSAGES, VINCENTCARE VILLAGE, TOM FISHER HOUSE
Passages Resource Centre in Northbridge is a joint venture with the Rotary Club of Perth and is a ‘drop-in’ service for young people between the ages of 12 and 25 with a lived experience of homelessness. Passages provide access to basic needs services (clothing, food and transport vouchers, showers, laundry, phone, internet access, etc), advice and referrals, as well as access to key support services to help young people on a pathway out of homelessness. Passages Accommodation Program also provides access to seven houses with up to 17 beds.
Vincentcare provides accommodation to 76 people living with a severe and enduring mental illness. The service provides support across three different levels of accommodation with 24hr staff cover. Tom Fisher House will be a custom-designed and built homeless shelter located on Beaufort Street for chronic rough sleepers providing accommodation for up to 5 nights, meals, clothing, bedding, medical assistance, and veterinary services.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
Pictured above is my official Restyle 2014 Campaign image, which I am hoping is eye-catching enough to generate some attention toward supporting this worthy cause. It is about great fashion, yes, but the support goes a lot deeper.
This is just a summary of the incredible work that The Society does. I was recently able to take a tour of the Osborne Park Depot and see first-hand the processing and stock facilities. More on that later, for now though, I hope this insight has given you some food for thought, or encouragement to participate in Restyle 2014 (supporting Vinnies at the same time). xx Jenelle