Last week was Homeless Persons Week and to help raise awareness in the Young community, the Young Crisis Accommodation Centre held a free barbecue lunch at their Boorowa Street office.
The first week of August is annually Homeless Persons Week and with more than 70 people taking advantage of a great barbecue meal supplied by the Rapid Relief Team, the event is likely to become an annual occurrence as well.
Some of those in attendance left donations which went to the crisis centre.
Young Crisis Accommodation Centre Case Worker Joanne Farley said they were very pleased with how the event went.
“It was a fantastic lunch which was well supported by the community,” Joanne said.
“To have more than 70 people attend was great.
“It was especially good to see other services show their support and highlight that we are all working together.
“The Rapid Relief Team did a superb job on the barbecue, cooking more than 70 burgers.
“It was a real benefit to have their help.
“We had a large group of Young High School students attend and give their support.
“It is really good that students are being made aware of homelessness in our community.
“It is something we must all work together to try an eradicate.
“With this level of support, we will definitely be looking to hold another event next year,” she said.
The barbecue was not only to raise awareness about homelessness in the community, it was part of the centre’s open day, showcasing what services were available for those in need.
“It is important that those people who find themselves without somewhere to live, know that they have options,” Joanne said.
“The Young Crisis Accommodation Centre provides many services and we wanted anyone who needs help to be able to come in and see what we do.
“The community obviously appreciates the work we do as they donated approximately $500 to the centre just at the open day.
“it was a great effort.”
Anyone in need of crisis accommodation should contact the centre on 6382 4436.
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