Christmas is a time of joy and relaxation for many, feelings that will no doubt be amplified this year after the trials of COVID.
But not everyone can sit back and enjoy the holiday. For many in the community, housing and food are not a given.
That's why the Shoalhaven Homeless Hub are ramping up efforts to ensure no one goes without this festive period.
The Hub is seeing around 50 new clients a month and up to 70 clients a day at the moment, with COVID placing even more strain on people to make ends meet over the past 18 months.
The organisation are on the lookout for hamper fillers such as the following:
- Biscuits and cakes
- Non perishable food
- Tea and coffee
Donations, whether financial or material, will mean even more this year with the Homeless Hub facing an uncertain future.
As reported by South Coast Register in November, the Hub is on the lookout for a new space to operate with the lease on their Junction Street premises expiring in January 2022.
"It leaves us in a very vulnerable position - we are unable to guarantee our future," Manager Lesley Labka said.
"Our existing funding is insufficient to be able to cover current commercial rent in town.
"So we are facing the same problems as so many of our homeless clients have, we can't find affordable housing in the Shoalhaven."
If you would like to donate or offer assistance, you can call the Hub on (02) 4229-8523 or visit the website.
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