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Reaching out to the homeless across Australia

IT’S difficult to comprehend, but on any night in Australia, one in 200 people are without accommodation. For more than 100,000 Australians, this means they are not only without a home, it may mean they don’t know where their next meal will come from, and they probably don’t have access to services like healthcare. It comes as the Australian Bureau ... Read More »

Rosies to offer friendship to Bayside’s homeless and marginalised

Rosies on the Bayside

CATHOLIC charity Rosies is busy training volunteers for a new branch opening soon on Brisbane’s bayside. The new branch will provide a mobile street van service and support for the area’s homeless, poor and struggling. “We are very excited about this initiative. There’s a need, as there is in every community,” Rosies volunteers and outreach programs co-ordinator Cathy Lindsay said. ... Read More »

Jordan’s cuppa with ‘Cossie’

Homeless with Cossie

JORDAN Briggs thought the highlight of his Saturday night would be swigging down a hot coffee outside St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane. Mr Briggs, a New Zealand native, has been “on and off homeless” for the past five years. He has no income and a dried-up savings account, but offers to do housework in exchange for a roof over his ... Read More »

Why Brisbane’s Lord Mayor is planning to sleep under the Story Bridge in June

Sleepout in Brisbane

LORD Mayor Graham Quirk’s first orders as the returning leader for Brisbane city included a call for all bosses to sleep under the Story Bridge in June. Mr Quirk will “fight homelessness in his sleep” under the iconic bridge for the St Vincent de Paul Society’s annual homelessness fundraiser, CEO Sleepout, on June 23. The newly sworn-in Lord Mayor invited ... Read More »

What Jean Madden is creating could end homelessness

Swags with walls

LIVING on the streets could be a thing of the past if Brisbane entrepreneur Jean Madden’s new cabin project takes off. Ms Madden has launched the “swags with walls” business to shelter the homeless, with a vision to provide life-skills training and potential to create hundreds of jobs. The founder of the not-for-profit Street Swags has set up a factory ... Read More »

Aussie heroes name new van after Catholic schools

Orange Sky Laundry's new van

THE operators of Australia’s growing fleet of orange laundry vans have welcomed a new addition purchased with donations from Brisbane Catholic schools. About 95 Catholic schools in Brisbane raised $81,064 to help founders of Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless set up a new van.  Initiated by the Brisbane Archdiocesan Catholic Primary Principals’ Association, schools sold sweet and savoury treats, ... Read More »

How to talk to a person who is homeless

Speaking to the homeless

RECENTLY I’ve been asked for advice on “talking with homeless people”. As a volunteer and friend to people who are homeless for over 23 years I knew the best person to provide such advice was a homeless person.  On a recent outreach I put the question of “talking with people who are homeless” to a man I will call James ... Read More »

New chapter for Nathan

New chapter for Nathan

NATHAN Curby is closer to ending an eight-month nightmare on the streets after receiving a free makeover from Brisbane community members last week. Local charity founder and Catholic award recipient Grant Richards, who was homeless for 18 months, offered to take Mr Curby to a local salon for a haircut and shave after finding out his mother died of a heart attack ... Read More »

Former homeless man honoured by Brisbane city

Grant Richards

BRISBANE city’s mayor honoured Catholic community awards recipient and former homeless man Grant Richards on Australia Day. Mr Richards received one of 15 honours from Lord Mayor Graham Quirk for his work with the city’s homeless. Known as “Grant – The Polite Guy”, Mr Richards began working with the city’s suffering when he lost his home and family for 18 ... Read More »

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