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$60 can help to buy groceries for a family of four

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83

$83 can help with education expenses

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$126 can cover housing necessities

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Help bring back some joy this Christmas

It’s difficult to make your children’s Christmas wishes come true when you are homeless. Donate now to help the 17,845# children who are experiencing homelessness across Australia.

Sophie’s story

Last November, Sophie* and her husband James were forced to put their children’s Christmas on hold.

The family’s business failed and with mounting debts, Sophie, James and their two children, 7-year-old Rosie and 5-year-old Billy were evicted from their home. Faced with one impossible choice after another, they decided to relocate so they could stay temporarily with James’ elderly parents. Just before they arrived, James’ father became ill and their accommodation plans fell through. In desperation, Sophie turned to Mission Australia for help.

The local Mission Australia women’s shelter didn’t accept men, so the couple had to make a tough decision. Sophie, Rosie and Billy would stay there; James would carry on sleeping in the car with the family dog.

Along with temporary accommodation and practical support, we assisted them with their emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. With our support, Sophie and James were able to find a permanent home. We continue to work with the family, helping them to re-establish their own business so they can regain their independence.

The family can’t wait for Christmas Day this year. Finally, the children can share their happiness with all the people they love. Please donate today so we can continue to support other families experiencing homeless.


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Sophie, mother of two

Our promise to you

Your donation will help us to support the children and families seeking assistance through homelessness services.

In 2016, Mission Australia's families, children and early learning services helped more than 27,000 people to get back on their feet and move towards independence. We can’t transform their lives without the generous donations we receive from our supporters like you.

 

86.6%

How we use our fundsMore than 86% of Mission Australia's income goes towards delivering services that support Australians in need.

We appreciate every single donation we receive, and ensure that every dollar is well utilised. Thank you.

Contact our Supporter Hotline
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1800 88 88 68
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supporter@missionaustralia.com.au
# ABS Census of population and housing: Estimating homelessness, 2011
* All names have been changed to protect the identities of the people we help.