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HomeBuilder package misses the mark​ for the poor, Vinnies says

AUSTRALIA’S new $688m HomeBuilder package has been described as “hitting the jackpot” by some potential homeowners, but there are warnings that the initiative has failed low-income families. The package offers a grant of $25,000 to build a new home worth less than $750,000 or to spend between $150,000 and $750,000 renovating an existing home. The scheme is limited to owner-occupiers ... Read More »

Vinnies shops closed for a month, but help is still available for those in need

VINNIES Queensland chief executive officer Kevin Mercy sent out a simple message to anyone affected by COVID-19 joblessness, underemployment or poverty – help is still available. Mr Mercer said to follow health directives meant Vinnies was forced to close its 153 Queensland shops last week for a four-week period from March 30. “The closure was necessary, but done with great ... Read More »

New Vinnies Shop West End blessed, op-shopping helps clothe and shelter Aussies doing it tough

VINNIES Shop West End staff, local conference volunteers and members of the community gathered for the blessing of the new Montague Road store on July 18. Dutton Park parish priest Capuchin Father Lam Vu led a “simple but effective liturgy”, blessing the store with many representatives from the St Vincent de Paul Society present. West End centre co-ordinator Debbi Engler ... Read More »

Vinnies’ CEO Kevin Mercer ready for a cold night on the streets to raise awareness at a corporate level

ST Vincent de Paul Society’s Queensland chief executive officer Kevin Mercer is getting ready to sleep rough on the streets of Brisbane for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleep Out.  One-hundred-ninety Brisbane CEOs will sleep on the streets of Brisbane the night of Thursday, June 20 in an effort to raise funds and awareness about Brisbane’s homelessness and homelessness services.  $432,396 ... Read More »

Vincentian leader Brian Moore remembered as a Christian role model who lived his life for others

FORMER St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland state president Brian Moore, who regularly wrote a column for The Catholic Leader, has died from a long-term illness. A Vinnies member for more than 50 years, Mr Moore held various roles as a Vincentian, including state president, senior vice president of the society’s state council, diocesan president Toowoomba and regional president in ... 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 »

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