Heartbroken And Seeking Hope

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FAST FACTS

Affordable Food

56,126

Meals provided

2,188

Food vouchers provided

3,026

Emergency Food Packs

Heartbroken And Seeking Hope

Affordable housing, sky-rocketing bills, and now food, is a serious issue for individuals and families, whether they are living on the margins or the working poor.

When Doug’s marriage broke down, he was forced to leave the small farming community he was from. He ended up moving to Dubbo and living in a cabin in one of the local Caravan Parks. Alone in a new place, Doug faced heartache and loneliness and hadn’t seen his two daughters in quite some time.

Doug came to BaptistCare HopeStreet in Dubbo for food support but was also under financial stress while struggling to pay for his accommodation. He then received news that his two daughters were coming to visit for Christmas, but instead he felt ashamed that he had no food, nor money to buy them presents.  The BaptistCare HopeStreet team provided him with food, and gifts for his girls.

HopeStreet’s commitment to partnering with people in need, is helping to change the lives for people like Doug. The hope and dignity that Doug reclaimed through HopeStreet was a direct result of the generous support of our donors.

To help people like Doug you can support the work of HopeStreet by donating at www.hopestreet.org.au/donate/


BaptistCare Sign Pledge To End Homelessness In The Hunter Region

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Homelessness

56,126

Meals Provided

153

Accommodation dwellings

3,026

Emergency food packs

BaptistCare Sign Pledge To End Homelessness In The Hunter Region

The latest 2016 Census figures, released by the ABS in March, show homelessness rates are on the rise, up 12% in the Hunter since the last Census.

In April 2018, Rob Ellis, BaptistCare General Manager for HopeStreet Community Services, signed the pledge to end homelessness in the Hunter as another step for the organisation, which has been active in the Hunter region for decades and playing its part in helping to reduce homelessness.

“Our BaptistCare HopeStreet Community Centres in Mayfield, Windale and Wallsend are supporting people who are struggling with homelessness or at risk of homelessness, as well with addiction, mental health and legal issues, and diminished employment opportunities,” said Mr Ellis.

BaptistCare HopeStreet acknowledges that homelessness is one of Australia’s most urgent and complex social issues. In addition to its HopeStreet locations, BaptistCare also runs a street van in Newcastle’s inner city on most weekends, offering free meals, tea and coffee, cold drinks, clothing, blankets and referral services.

The pledge is an initiative of the region’s Big Ideas Homelessness Network. Organisations or local residents wishing to sign the Pledge should visit https://bigideashomelessnessnetwork.org/the-pledge

To support the work of HopeStreet you can donate at www.hopestreet.org.au/donate/


HopeEnterprises Employment Training Program

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HopeEnterprises Employment Training Program

Men and women completing traineeships as part of our HopeEnterprises Employment Training Program (ETP) have had a successful year, with 24 trainees completing training and entering the workforce.

Our trainees undertook training and found work in areas such as cleaning, gardens and lawns, community services and aged care hospitality, as well as administration and maintenance roles.

HopeEnterprises, launched in 2015, is a social enterprise that seeks to break the cycle of social and financial disadvantage for people with complex needs, who have difficulty entering the workforce. The program creates a pathway to employment, assisting people who may have experienced long-term unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, time in gaol, and those living with mental illness.

We provide traineeships in cleaning services, gardening and lawn services (horticulture), maintenance and repairs, hospitality, accommodation services, and aged care.

Our program also saw four high school students, who were disengaged and at-risk of expulsion, work through a school-based apprenticeship. While finishing their final year of high school the students undertook a horticultural traineeship with the Canberra Institute of Technology. On completion the students will have a certificate II in their trade, which they can continue after finishing school, and sets them up for a positive future with qualifications they’re passionate about.


Hope Lives Here

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Hope Lives Here

For over 34 years, HopeStreet in Sydney’s inner city has been putting faith into action, reaching out to people who are in need, many who are struggling with homelessness, addiction, mental health and legal issues, in addition to having diminished employment opportunities.

In February 2018, the HopeStreet identity, established and grown at Woolloomooloo, was expanded across our Community Centres. Each of our Community Centres provide unique services that meet the local needs of disadvantaged communities and people living on the margins. The expansion of the HopeStreet brand affirms the uniqueness of each of our Community Centres and the communities they operate in.

From access to fair finance and affordable food, homelessness support, domestic and family violence services, and working with women who are marginalised, HopeStreet offers trusted support and hope to people living with disadvantage and distress.

Expanding the HopeStreet brand allows all of BaptistCare’s community services to have consistency in branding and identity, wherever they are located, while increasing our capacity for storytelling, which is so important for those who are supporting the work we do.

All of our HopeStreet sites are located on a newly launched HopeStreet website, which is supported by a quarterly HOPE newsletter, bursting with hope-giving stories featuring the people and communities we are working with. We hope you will join us in supporting the vital work that BaptistCare HopeStreet is doing, right across NSW.


$11.5M Microfinance Milestone

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Fair Finance

$2,288,776

Microfinance Loans

357

Step up Loans

1,276

No Interest Loans

$11.5M Microfinance Milestone

As the largest provider of no-interest loans (NILS) in New South Wales we were thrilled to reach a critical milestone in February 2018, having provided $11.5 million in microfinance loans to people in need.

In the ten years since we commenced our microfinance program, we have delivered no-interest and low-interest loans to people experiencing significant financial distress, supporting communities, families and vulnerable people as they strive for financial stability.

More than 7,000 people have received over 8,400 no-interest or low-interest loans from BaptistCare under the auspicing body of Good Shepherd Microfinance and in partnership with NAB and the NSW Office of Fair Trading.

The largest portion of loan recipients have been single parents supporting children, with over 4,100 single parents accessing safe, affordable microfinance loans through BaptistCare.


Women’s Space Opens

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FAST FACTS

Sex Industry

936

Outreach visits

996

Open House Visits

900hrs

Individual Appointments(counselling & case work)

Women’s Space Opens

Our new HopeStreet Women’s Centre was officially opened in Darlinghurst in January 2018, with the help of the Minister for Family and Community Services, Minister for Social Housing, Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Pru Goward.

The new Women’s Centre has been designed as a safe space where marginalised women in Sydney’s inner city can access free and confidential professional support.

Women, including transgender women, will be able to access a range of practical services including workshops and skills-based classes, drop-in support, counselling and case management, safe-sex kits and food support, assistance to access health and government services and access to exit pathways.

The Centre was designed in collaboration with clients of BaptistCare HopeStreet Women’s Services, who contributed to the look and the feel of the space to help create a sense of belonging and ownership.

You can donate to the work of HopeStreet Women’s Services today here https://hopestreet.org.au/donate/.


Third Halo Ball Puts Spotlight On Children

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FAST FACTS

Domestic Violence

39

Men completed theMen’s Behaviour Change Program

$148,341

In DV No Interest Loans

8,070

Counselling hours

Third Halo Ball Puts Spotlight On Children 

On a clear autumn evening with harbour lights glistening on the water and a buzz of excitement in the air, over 500 guests were welcomed to our third annual Halo Ball in May 2018.

The important fundraising event, held at Doltone House Darling Island Wharf in Pyrmont, encouraged guests to recognise the often voiceless victims of domestic and family violence: the children.

A film shining a spotlight on the experience of children was launched at the event, where guests raised a staggering $140,000. These funds are vital in enabling BaptistCare to continue delivering critical front line services like the Break Free program which provides support, early intervention and counselling for children.

The Ball was supported by Channel Ten’s Sandra Sully as MC, and headlined by Australia’s musical treasure, Marcia Hines.

The 2019 Halo Ball will be held at The Westin Sydney on Friday 3 May. Individuals or organisations would like to register their interest as a guest or sponsor can contact events@baptistcare.org.au


Kidspot Campaign Supports Break Free Program

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FAST FACTS

Domestic Violence

39

Men completed theMen’s Behaviour Change Program

$148,341

In DV No Interest Loans

8,070

Counselling hours

Kidspot Campaign Supports Break Free Program

When online media outlet Kidspot.com.au launched their Kidspot Cares #couchandacuppa campaign, they were seeking to both raise awareness and find a solution to family violence.

After attending our Halo Ball fundraising event for our domestic and family violence services, they decided their campaign would support our Break Free children’s program, encouraging their readers to donate to our early intervention program.

BaptistCare’s Break Free program works with children to rebuild their lives and focus on a future free from the trauma of domestic and family violence.

The children we are caring for see or hear the violence experienced by their mother, and many are direct victims of violence themselves. They are growing up in an environment tainted by fear, shattering their trust, eroding their love and disrupting their development, education and mental wellbeing. Our team of specialist staff connect with both the mothers and children, to rebuild the bond that has been broken, and enable them to establish a new life together.

Read more about the Kidspot Cares campaign here.