A THREE-FOLD increase in the level of demand for the provision of emergency services such as food, clothing and furniture over the past 12 months has led to a Rockingham non-profit group calling for help from the community.
The Christians Ready Equipped and Willing group, formed in June 2015, is organising a quiz night on March 25 to raise funds for a second mobile shower cubicle to cope with the demand from homeless people and families hit by the current economic downturn.
“We have to convert our current shower into a second toilet because the demand has grown so quickly,” CREW founder and chief executive officer Julie-Anne Moyle said.
“We can’t cater for the amount of people that we are serving.
“We’ve got to put a second toilet in, which means we have to reach out and raise about $5000 to get a portable shower.”
Ms Moyle said the service was originally set up to mainly help homeless people but was now providing services for families of fly-in, fly-out workers who have lost their jobs.
“A lot of families are coming in who never thought they would have to ask anyone for help,” Ms Moyle said.
“They had jobs up north and have now found themselves without work.
“We’re trying to get the accommodation and set them up in houses so we supply furniture as well.”
It offers food hampers, free counselling services, meals, clothing and furniture.
It is also seeking more donations of food and volunteers, including a general manager to help run the centre, to help provide its services.
“We are always needing food to hand out to the homeless and the families that come in here with kids,” Ms Moyle said.
The centre is currently funded entirely by volunteers and community members.
The quiz night will be held at the Gary Holland Centre from 5.30pm. Tickets are $11 each with lots of prizes.
For more details, call 0419 917 507 or visit the Rockingham CREW facebook page.
The CREW centre will be re-opening soon after being shut over the summer break.