Coast Shelters yearly snapshot tells a story
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Coast Shelter, a local Central Coast charity, has continued to run its programs with amazing outcomes for people doing it tough. Their latest snapshot report tells a sobering yet hopeful story during these tough times, as locals reach out for help.
During the 19/20 financial year the Shelter’s intake team took 7,000 phone calls and provided almost 63,000 overnight beds in crisis accommodation services, accommodating 678 men, women, and children. In addition to our annual financial donation Sanitarium supplied product donations to offer extra support during COVID-19.
We’re proud to support this vital community service and help stock its hampers and keep its free meal service going.
Coast Shelter partnership
Sanitarium has supported Coast Shelter since 2004 and since the formal partnership began has donated over $250,000 and countless pallets of food and meal staples.
The partnership has evolved over the years, moving from the support and sponsorship of Coast Shelter’s Sanitarium House program, where Coast Shelter leased four homes for families in need, to the support for their community restaurant at Coast Community Centre.
In addition to our staff regularly volunteering in the community kitchen. Sanitarium’s volunteers help feed up to 80 people at a time, either using cooking supplies from the centre or providing cooked food they’ve sourced through fundraising efforts, heating it on the premises and serving it to the centre’s clients.
In 2020 Sanitarium was recognised as a Finalist for Excellence in Corporate Volunteering in the National Volunteer Week awards, thanks to the efforts and generosity of our staff in helping the local organisation.