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This Franciscan nun is delivering love, care and hot meals to those in need across Brisbane

SOME of Brisbane’s homeless call her “Santa”, but Sr Salvacion Bunao likes to think of herself just as a nun serving the vulnerable, inspired and challenged by the Pope. The Franciscan Immaculatine Sister, who works alongside the Capuchins at South Brisbane, has been personally delivering food and good cheer to vulnerable members of her community, including elderly parishioners, families and ... Read More »

There are more homeless in Australia than the nation can support, peak body says

HOMELESSNESS in Australia has risen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic, spurring community groups to demand investment in a multibillion-dollar social housing program that could stimulate the economy. In a submission to the government ahead of the federal budget in October, peak body Homelessness Australia says the COVID-19 crisis has caused a surge in people seeking assistance and losing their homes ... Read More »

New study reveals one in six teenagers have experienced homelessness

THIS week is Homeless Week, and as the chilling westerly winds descend on south east Queensland spare a thought for the young families, teenagers and vulnerable adults out in the cold. On any night, thousands of Queenslanders are couch surfing in someone’s living room, searching for safe refuge, or out on the streets. “Homelessness Week is a time for people ... Read More »

Lockdown trouble for people sleeping rough in Brisbane, services growing scarcer

EVERYTHING from food services to public showers were growing scarce for Brisbane’s homeless population under increasing restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Emmanuel City Mission director Roby Curtis said their operations had reduced to comply with state and federal restrictions, but they were committed to “meet the need”. The South Brisbane homelessness centre had reduced its hours ... Read More »

Budget hits hard – government ignores the plight of Australians in need, Vinnies says

THE 2019 Federal Budget continues to ignore Australia’s most disadvantaged citizens, St Vincent de Paul Society national president Claire Victory said.  Ms Victory said the Budget, delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, failed to address two dominant drivers of poverty and disadvantage in Australia – the soaring costs of basic housing and below-poverty-level income support payments.  “We are disappointed this Budget ... Read More »

Church calling for an increase in minimum wage to support low-income Australians and their families

NEITHER employers nor governments are doing enough to support low-paid Australians, and particularly Australian families, a Catholic Church submission has told the Fair Work Commission. A Church submission contends that the minimum wage of $719.20 per week is “manifestly inadequate” and cannot support working families at a decent standard of living. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for the ... Read More »

Van-do attitude of Rosies volunteers help secure new vehicle and barbecue trailer

FOR twelve years, a loyal band of Rosies volunteers has buzzed around the Beenleigh area distributing hot meals to the hungry. Last week, they were rewarded for their hard work, when a superannuation fund gifted them a van and barbecue trailer. The benevolent bequest, which came from LUCRF Super Community Program, will transport up to 10 volunteers, ensuring the needs ... Read More »

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