Turning to the community for support, Sacred Heart Mission
(SMH) has received countless acts of kindness that are helping to keep its doors open for those experiencing long-term disadvantage and people recently impacted by COVID-19.
Sanitarium Health Food Company was amongst those who answered the call for help, delivering over 30,000 serves of Weet-Bix cereals and So Good milks to the doors of its Meals Program. These products form part of an emergency care package of essential food and toiletry items that the Mission is delivering to its most vulnerable clients.
Thanks to these donations and many others, the Mission can continue to deliver more than 240 care packages of essential food and toiletry items to clients at most of its services. The care packages are filled according to clients’ needs, whether they are SHM residents, staying in crisis accommodation or homeless and have no access to cooking utensils.
“The Mission and its frontline workers are continuing to provide every support possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients and our staff in these challenging times,” says Sue Kirk, Events Coordinator at SHM.
“Our teams work closely with a number of City of Port Phillip Council departments in addressing and meeting the needs of our wide and diverse community,” she said. Sacred Heart Mission’s accommodation and homelessness services have continued as essential services during COVID-19, introducing social distancing modifications and health protocols complying with government requirements. Clients include older people, people on low incomes, people with a disability and those without a home.
To support people most affected by the pandemic, the Mission has also set up a recovery centre with assistance from the Victorian Government for people to self-isolate and recover.
A number of the Mission's Op Shops were reopened recently and will continue to operate strictly in accordance with Government restrictions, including staff and shoppers wearing mandatory masks. The shops are still receiving donations.
Given the cancellation of its fundraising events, Sacred Heart Mission has launched an Emergency Fundraising Appeal to help people experiencing homelessness. To donate, please visit: https://www.sacredheartmission.org/donate