Jill* had no food for her children.
Jill had never sought emergency relief assistance before, but following the sudden loss of one of her casual jobs, she had been struggling. She had no food in the fridge, utility bills were piling up and she had to pay rent.
The team member at St John’s Care offered Jill financial and budget assistance, but when they gave Jill some bags of groceries and toiletries, she burst in to tears.
Jill explained that earlier that day she had walked into her bathroom and found there was no toilet paper. She immediately felt sick to the stomach with shame, and began to panic about how she would care for her boys aged 11 and 9.
No one should have to face such indignity and distress.
Jill is just one of hundreds of people in our community who are desperately trying to make ends meet in the face of growing financial and emotional hurdles.
Donating to Anglicare’s emergency relief services is a powerful way you can help break the cycle of need.
The support offered by Anglicare’s emergency relief teams does so much more than feed people who are hungry or provide winter clothing to families in need.
Anglicare provides referrals and assistance to navigate the sometimes complex array of additional community and government support. Most importantly, our team members offer care and compassion because we want every person, regardless of their story or background, to know that they matter.
People are treated with dignity and given one of the greatest gifts of all. Hope.
Your donation supports Anglicare Emergency Relief Services at these locations:
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How does my donation support people in need?
Thanks to your generous donations, we run a number of Community Centres across ACT and NSW that supports individuals and families with the aim of building stronger communities and breaking the cycle of poverty. The services offered at our Community Centres are free or very low cost and the services offered are developed in line with Anglicare’s Survive and Thrive model.
Because poverty is complex, impacting many areas of a person’s life, a holistic approach is required to produce lasting change. This is why we deliver services through a community-based Survive and Thrive model that address immediate critical needs as well as long term needs of those who are most disadvantaged and marginalised.
- A Survive component meets immediate, critical needs through services like emergency food relied and crisis accommodation. These services are often an entry point from which people can be directed to further services and assistance.
- The Thrive component meets the longer term needs in order to break the cycle of poverty and move people towards positive life outcomes.
Without your donations and the ongoing support from the community, these services would cease to exist.
You can read more about Anglicare’s Survive and Thrive model and our Community Centres HERE
Why does Anglicare rely on donations to provide these services?
With Government budgets under strain, there is less funding available for the long-term programs needed to break the cycle of poverty. More than ever, donors play a critical role in enabling Anglicare to deliver targeted support programs to help those most in need across our communities.
Unfortunately there are more people in need in our communities as the cost of living continues to rise, so we continue to do our best – with your support, to make sure no individual or family in need is ever turned away.
Where are the areas of greatest need?
We urgently need your support in areas that don’t receive Government funding, such as our Community Centres. These Centres offer emergency support for those in the community with the most critical levels of need, but they also work to create wrap-around supports and programs that build brighter futures and build stronger communities.
Make a difference in our community, donate today.
How can I do more to help?
You can make an even bigger difference by becoming an Anglicare Care Partner. Care Partners donate a small amount every month to provide regular support to the children and families who need it most. Care Partners give us financial stability to fund programs that don’t receive Government funding. Simply put, Care Partners help Anglicare transform lives.
Become an Anglicare Care Partner by making a donation on our donations page and selecting ‘Monthly’ as the donation frequency.
*name and image changed to protect client privacy
**statistics from Australian Council of Social Services