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Help end family homelessness

Sadly, 105,0001 Australians will be homeless this Christmas. Many of them will be families with children in desperate need of your help.

Will's story

My Dad got cancer. He tried to work, but he was too sick.

He’d been sick for a while, and when he started getting treatment for cancer, he had to give up his business.

My brother Noah* and I wanted to help but we couldn’t do the work for him. Since Dad had no job, there wasn’t enough money to pay our rent. We had to leave our home.

We could only take a few things – like school and cooking stuff – and we put it all in Dad’s work van. That’s where we slept. It was awful. Dad wanted us to keep doing well at school. But there wasn’t much space to do our homework in the van, and we couldn’t keep things clean. I was embarrassed. I didn’t want my friends to know I was homeless.

My Dad had a talk with Noah and me. He said he felt bad about everything, and asked if we wanted to live somewhere else without him. But we love our Dad and we wanted to stay with him and look after him.

Then Mission Australia helped us. I’m really worried about all the other families who don’t have a home. Can you please help them this Christmas?

Father, and two sons standing next to the van they're living in

 

“My Dad was dying and we had to live in his work van - until Mission Australia helped us.” Will, 11 years old

 

Our promise to you

Mission Australia is a registered charity

Mission Australia has been helping people move towards independence for more than 155 years, and our commitment to this vital work has never been stronger.

Thanks to your support, together we helped 131,015 people in 2016 by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.

86.6%
More than 86% of our income goes straight back into delivering services that assist vulnerable Australians.

We appreciate every single donation we receive, and ensure that every dollar goes where it is needed most.

Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'