Anglicare is stepping up its existing emergency relief support for vulnerable people in Moruya and surrounding areas, particularly for those living in tents or caravans who are most at risk of effects caused by recent heavy rain and flooding.
The organisation is grateful for recent donations of goods and vouchers from Bunnings Batemans Bay, IGA Moruya, Woolworths Moruya, Aldi Batemans Bay, Thread Together, IMB and FoodBank, and is encouraging other local organisations and individuals to also consider supporting these efforts with contributions of non-perishable food and toiletries, new clothing, tents, new sheets and blankets, and other household items.
“The situation is deteriorating rapidly. There is simply nowhere else for people to go. Accommodation options are basically running out,” says Anglicare’s emergency relief coordinator in Moruya, Pauline Sullivan. “I regularly visit local campgrounds and touch base with people who access our service, and the ground is already waterlogged and concerning. The catastrophic lack in local housing, made worse by the Black Summer bushfires, means more people are really struggling.”
Anglicare’s emergency relief teams continue to provide necessities such as food, clothing and new tents, along with case management through their Eurobodalla Homelessness Support Service to assist people to move into more permanent accommodation.
“Most importantly, our team members provide a listening ear for people who are alone or still recovering psychologically from the trauma of the fires and housing instability. Our emergency relief hub is a safe place where people can receive practical support,” says Ms Sullivan.
For more information about accessing emergency relief support, or to donate to Anglicare, call (02) 4474 7900
Pictured: Pauline Sullivan (right) with an Anglicare team member at the Vulcan Street Hub in Moruya.