Giving back to the community!
Every year we step into hundreds of homes across the city, yet in Canberra there are still so many people living without acceptable, permanent or safe shelter. Whilst we commit our resources to a number of charities throughout the year, our in-house program ‘Without a Roof’ focuses on supporting members of our community who do not have a place to call home. From warm blankets, to food and shelter, or programs to help vulnerable people get back on their feet, a percentage from each inspection we conduct is contributed to ‘Without a Roof’ and periodically donated to make small changes to a big issue in our community.
Vinnies Night Patrol provides mobile outreach offering refreshments and friendly faces to people on the streets every night of the year. Whilst the service is available to anyone, its primary clients are the homeless, people at risk, both young and old, and those in need, who might not otherwise seek help from the St Vincent de Paul Society or other community or charitable groups.
Karinya House is a very special community based group providing supported accommodation, transitional housing and outreach services to women during and after pregnancy, who are in crisis, often supporting their families alongside. Karinya House recognises and acknowledges the unique lived experiences of women as they navigate building a future for themselves. The frame that they work from is focused on developing a sense of hope and belonging, to effect lasting positive change in the lives of the women and children they support.
Our Autumn/Winter 2021 partner sleepbus provides a safe place to sleep for people without a roof, each sleepbus has a designated parking spot, where it stays for the night from 8pm until 8am; 365 nights a year. Some guests will come directly from referrals of support agencies with any remaining sleep pods allocated on a first come, first serve basis – preferences given to the most vulnerable. The sleepbus team have a combination of paid and volunteer staff assisting with the service each night and we are really excited to have this wonderful organisation currently building a new sleepbus for our region!
Partnering with our Without a Roof program Spring/Summer 21. Toora Women Inc. is ACT’s largest specialist homelessness support service for women and children who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness for a variety of reasons. The Toora service runs various programs to offer crisis and transitional accommodation, individual case management and practical support for single women and women with accompanying children and other families in a safe environment.
Partnering with our Without a Roof program Autumn/Winter 2020. The Blue Door is a drop-in centre that provides support such as a free nutritious breakfast and lunch, haircuts, clothing and furniture vouchers as well as information, advice, advocacy and referrals. The Blue Door has over 2000 ‘drop ins’ each month. Blue Door has been an integral part of ‘Ainslie Village’ in Canberra since 1983 and is located in the Canberra suburb of Ainslie.
Our Spring and Summer 2019/20 partner… Orange Sky Australia! They have a simple formula; provide a platform for every day Australians to connect through a regular laundry and shower service. The focus is on creating a safe, positive and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or who feel disconnected from the community. Volunteers are not social workers or experts on homelessness – they are empathetic listeners and great conversationalists.
Our Autumn/Winter Partner 2019. ACT Together is a consortium of 4 agencies that has been created to provide quality services for children and young people in out of home care in the Australian Capital Territory. The agencies that make up ACT Together are: Barnardos Australia, The Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF), Ozchild and Premier Youthworks. The group is committed to providing quality services and safe and stable homes to young people in out of home care.
Our Autumn/Winter 2018 partner, Safe Shelter ACT provides homeless men with somewhere safe to sleep at night in Canberra during winter from 7.00 pm. to 7am (doors are locked from 10.00 pm). For guests who have previously been sleeping rough on the streets, being warm and safe is luxury. For guests who have recently become homeless, Safe Shelter provides somewhere safe while they try to sort out their lives.
An overwhelming success, our 2018 RR Dry July Campaign saw Michael Hugg our Client Relationship Manager meet with over 200 local agents to raise funds for cancer support. For each agent that appeared in a photo with Michael Residential Reports kicked in $10, with many generous agents matching and raising the bar – we managed to support Michael as he raised over $3000!
OzHarvest – our Spring/Summer 2017/18 partner is the nation’s leading food rescue operation that has been feeding Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth’s hungry since 2004. OzHarvest has delivered over 60 million meals and has rescued over 20,000 tonnes of food from ending up as landfill and we are so proud to support their amazing contribution.
Congrats to some very special local agents who are growing the extra mile in support of men’s health regarding issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. We are really proud to support you.
Our best to all involved in the 2017 golf day raising funds for this special organisation focusing on the prevention of violence against women. We are glad to play a small part.
Now an institution in Canberra, the annual LUTON charity ball has touched the lives of many vulnerable people in our community in a huge way. It is an event that we are always incredibly enthusiastic to support each year.
From attending their annual ball to our staff cooking for the Ronald McDonald House guests, we have seen firsthand the extraordinary difference Michelle and her team at the house are making to families supporting sick Children at Canberra Hospital.
An important charity that puts a little sparkle back into the lives of seriously ill children – we are so pleased to contribute to Peter Blackshaw Gungahlin’s golf day in support of this worthy cause.
With lots of working Mums in our midst we appreciate the hard work that goes into school fundraising and we have been pleased to sponsor the St John Vianney’s, St Judes and Kaleen annual
A 2015 Christmas project that we were very proud to initiate, our team collected hundreds of non perishable items during our inspections to help St Johns care stock that pantries of Canberra families who were genuinely in need over the Christmas period.