Church offers support for struggling families

Church offers support for struggling families

Northreach Community Church opened its Winton Road doors for its first Community Connect Day, with visitors able to talk to service providers about housing, financial support and community services in the northern suburbs.

The event was held in the lead-up to Homelessness Prevention Week, which runs until Sunday.

People were offered a hot meal and drinks, access to warm clothing and food parcels to take away as well as haircuts and hot showers at the �one-stop shop.�

The event was supported by more than 60 volunteers and 18 businesses and community organisations.

MercyCare mental health, homelessness and youth services manager and Joondalup Wanneroo Interagency Homelessness Action Group (JWIHAG) chairwoman Helen Robinson said Community Connect Day provided a unique opportunity for those who were homeless to access services and support in a friendly and caring environment.

�I was proud to represent the JWIHAG as well as give out socks and hugs on behalf of my organisation MercyCare,� she said. �Homelessness is not just an issue for individuals, it�s an issue for everyone. �

Event co-ordinator Jan Gilbert said providing for the growing number of people in the area who were doing it tough was essential.

Northreach Community Church also now has a weekly drop-in program on Thursdays from 9am to noon where those in need can visit for a hot meal and drinks, clothing, information and people with whom they can talk. The church is at 5/116 Winton Road, Joondalup.