St Vinnies Mandurah and Orange Sky team up to pour hot water on homeless


Mandurah Conference president Jim Mather, Conference Member and Peel Region Secretary Carol-Ann Hardie, Orange Sky Lisa Sprylan, two Orange Sky volunteers and Mandurah member and Peel Region President Winston Rennick.
Mandurah Conference president Jim Mather, Conference Member and Peel Region Secretary Carol-Ann Hardie, Orange Sky Lisa Sprylan, two Orange Sky volunteers and Mandurah member and Peel Region President Winston Rennick.

ST VINNIES Mandurah and Orange Sky Australia have announced the availability of a free hot shower and laundry service on Thursday mornings for people experiencing homelessness.

Mandurah is one of five Peel region Vinnies WA offices that provides emergency relief and support to those in need.

Orange Sky Australia, a free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homeless, will operate from the Mandurah St Vinnies premises.

President Jim Mather said it was wonderful that St Vinnies would offer this service as only cold showers were available at the foreshore.

“Orange Sky has a cubicle for privacy and provides towels and soap,” he said.

“So while your clothes are being washed and dried free of charge, you can have a lovely warm shower yourself.

“This will make such a difference as the cold weather approaches.

“It is also inspiring to see people sitting around chatting to one another as they wait their turn. Community interaction is important for lonely people.”

Mr Mather said St Vinnies Peel Region assisted about 9000 families from Kwinana to Yarloop in the past 12 months.

“St Vincent de Paul offers compassionate help for families seeking assistance with most requests in Mandurah being for food furniture and clothing as well as help with bills,” he said.

“Our office also has a free financial counselling service.”

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