Homelessness We Care Service

We are in need of volunteers (10 max) to prepare and serve food to the homeless in Perth City for Homelessness We Care.

We also require volunteers to pick up fruit and vegetables from Food Rescue in Belmont and bread from Baker’s Delight in Mosman Park on the following date:

Tuesday 1 August – 10 Old Girls’ required

If you would like to help out, contact smcoga@santamaria.wa.edu.au

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Old Girls Service – Feeding the Homeless

We set out from the busy kitchens of Santa Maria at about 5.00 pm on a cold Tuesday evening and headed into the city, not really knowing what kind of experience we would have as volunteers to the homeless.

We had made a lovely hot meal of bolognaise and potatoes with salad, bread and fruit!  The homeless people were already gathering with enthusiasm to collect their meal. With help from Jane, we set up on the verge of Wellington Street in Perth. No sooner had we set up and been given designated jobs, the people arrived with smiles on their faces and nothing but kind words to thank us for our efforts.

It was a great feeling to contribute a small personal way those with much less than myself, especially when it can seem that the world is not on your side.

I really look forward to doing this again, it was a really lovely experience.

Elouise Constantine (Class of 1986)

Soup Patrol

Soup Patrol is a mobile food service for people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, socially disadvantaged, or on very low incomes. It is a ‘no questions asked’, volunteer-delivered service operating in Perth and Fremantle, seven nights a week, 365 nights a year. It is managed by Red Cross and makes a huge difference to the homeless community, often providing them with the only nutritious meal they will have in a day.

Santa Maria College runs the Fremantle Soup Patrol every second Friday evening during term time, with two students attending each patrol. We meet at 5.15 pm at the Red Cross depot in East Perth where we pick up the van and stock it with the items needed for the soup patrol. We then drive the van to Hollywood Hospital where we pick up the soup. From here we drive to Fremantle and to the three designated stops where we distribute the soup to the homeless. We then head back to the Red Cross depot to wash up and clean the van before locking up. Finishing time is usually about 8.15 pm.

Some of the requirements for being involved in Soup Patrol are:

  1. Be able to drive a manual mini van (no special license is required), or if there are two adults, one must be able to drive the bus.
  2. Hold a valid police check. Red Cross will do this for you for free. A form is available for you to complete.
  3. Complete one training run with one of the Santa Maria teachers to learn how Soup Patrol works

The dates available for Terms 3 and 4 this year are as follows:

4 August, 18 August, 1 September, 15 September, 29 September, 13 October, 27 October, 10 November and 8 December.

Soup Patrol is a heart warming experience. The homeless are so grateful for the soup and appreciate the work of the volunteers. We thank you for considering this very worthwhile and valuable community service opportunity.

If you are interested please contact Andrea Fitzpatrick who is the Soup Patrol Coordinator at Santa Maria College. She can be contacted at fitzpatrick.andrea@santamaria.wa.edu.au

Jane Armstrong – Homelessness We Care

Jane Armstrong (Class of 1993) manages the organisation Homelessness We Care (HWC), with her partner Sim. The organisation provides food, toiletries and clothing for the homeless in the Perth CBD. HWC also coordinates professionals to volunteer their time and services including haircuts, podiatry, physiotherapy and doctor check-ups to the homeless on Tuesday nights.

Jane receives a tremendous amount of support from friends and businesses donating food and personal items. Many friends volunteer their time to serve dinner and are very happy to chat, laugh and hug the homeless.

Since starting in October 2015, Homelessness We Care has over 70 volunteers with Santa Maria College now joining the ranks of awesome people involved.

Jane Armstrong is also a Nursing Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor at the Challenger Institute of Technology and Director of the Armstrong Agency which works with individuals wanting to reignite their passion for life, by overcoming conditioned behaviours, thoughts and patterns. We are so blessed to have Jane as an Old Girl.

The Year 10 students and staff at Santa Maria College have begun volunteering their time to help and support HWC once a month. The students get to experience working with the community and a better understanding on the issue of homelessness.

The next two dates of the Homeless Food Run will be:

Tuesday 6 June

Tuesday 27 June

If you wish to assist in sourcing, preparing or serving food on any of these dates, please contact smcoga@santamaria.wa.edu.au

We are also collecting the following items to distribute:

Sleeping bags

Blankets

Gloves, scarves, beanies

Mens and womens new underwear and socks

Grocery plastic bags

Plastic containers for leftovers

Please let smcoga@santamaria.wa.edu.au  know if you can donate any of these items, so collection points can be arranged.

If you wish to help Jane and volunteer your time to Homelessness We Care, visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/homelessness.we.care.perth/ for more information.

 

Jacob Steber