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Helps provide a nutritious food hamper for a family at Christmas^
Establishes a family in a new home with essential kitchen utensils and appliances^
Helps a parent complete a training course to increase their job opportunities^
Covers removalist fees to move a family into safe, secure housing^
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More than 7,000 families will be homeless this Christmas1

You have the power to make a real difference for families in desperate need this year.
 

Craig, Laura and Sophie’s story

Craig* was working hard to provide for his family, and doing a good job of it. But when his factory job was reduced to part-time, it became impossible to make ends meet.

Craig, his wife Laura and their nine-year-old daughter Sophie were living with relatives, but were forced to leave when they could no longer help with groceries, rent and bills. They spent weeks moving between friends’ homes, but wore out all their welcomes in the days before Christmas.

After trying in vain to find cheap hotels or shelters where they could stay together, their last resort became their only option. They spent Christmas in a tent in an inner-city park.

Fortunately, the family was discovered by Missionbeat driver Darlene.

Darlene got to work immediately and secured a room for the family in a local crisis accommodation facility. For the first time in over a week, Craig, Laura and Sophie had a roof over their heads, the privacy of their own shower and bathroom, and food in the fridge.

Knowing that this solution was only temporary, Darlene persisted. She introduced the family to a case manager, who helped Craig and Laura complete job training and other courses, and apply for work and permanent housing.

Supported by a strong network of care, the family continues to take crucial steps each day towards becoming self-sufficient and independent. They’re so thankful to have a roof over their heads, and to know that they’ll be safe this Christmas.

Father in a tent with his family

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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%
In 2016, more than 86% of our income went straight back into delivering services that assisted vulnerable Australians.

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

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1 Chamberlain, C and MacKenzie, D (2008) Counting the Homeless 2006, Canberra: ABS, Catalogue No. 2050.0
^ Mission Australia Community Services Information Management System, ‘Client Expenditure’ records for period 1 July 2016 to 25 May 2017. Extracted 25 May 2017.
* All client names and images have been changed to protect the identities of the people Mission Australia helps

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