SUPPORT service The Bridge Inc will be able to help more men dealing with substance abuse, homelessness or personal crises thanks to some new developments.
The organisation has purchased a 12-seater bus with the help of Lotterywest to help transport the young men in its program to appointments.
The program helps the men overcome addiction, anger management, family and relationship breakdown and other issues.
The Bridge Inc operates from Northbridge and has three residential properties, two in Victoria Park and one in Leeming.
Volunteer Darin Adams said the organisation received about $50,000 from Lotterywest towards the bus, which cost $62,000.
“It helps us transport the guys to different appointments, if they need to see a doctor or have a parole board meeting,” he said.
“We are a bit like the Esther Foundation in the way that we help people until they become productive members of society.”
In another exciting development, The Bridge Inc is getting set to open a centre on the corner of Canterbury Terrace and Albany Highway to help feed the less fortunate.
Centre manager Joan Sutherland said the organisation was hoping to have it up and running by Christmas.
“I found the centre through a connection, it was previously used as a drop-in centre but then it closed its door and had become neglected,” she said.
“We’ve been working about seven months to get to this stage.
“We’ll have second-hand furniture in the front room and then we’ll be feeding the homeless at lunch, probably about 60 lunches per day and we recently had a kitchen donated to us from Miss Maud.”
Administration and support worker Emma Stanes said 106 men had come through the program since it started in 2011 and they were still connected when they finished.
“The guys come all over the state and their issues vary from instable family life, homeless or homelessness, she said.
“We have qualified counsellors who run the programs.”
The Bridge Inc is looking for people to help out, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.