During Homelessness Week 7-13 August 2017, CHC collected donations and sourced items for food crisis packs on behalf of UnitingCare’s Early Morning Centre on Northbourne Avenue.
The facility provides a warm safe place, offering free breakfast weekly and providing support and referral networks to those Canberran’s who are faced with a life on the street.
An impressive $250 was raised from a BBQ lunch, which amounts to the cost of 80 breakfasts for homeless people in Canberra; and an additional $500 worth of groceries to fill emergency food packs.
Touched by the staff’s generosity and willingness to make a difference, the CHC Board of Directors matched the contributions and donated a further $750.
On the morning of 21 August CHC staff representatives, including CEO Mr Paul Kane presented the food items and a cheque for one thousand dollars to Ms Nicole Wiggins from the Early Morning Centre after a tour of the facility.
“We are very grateful to the team at CHC for thinking of us,” said Ms Wiggins. “The money received will make a huge contribution to the 250 breakfasts and 60 emergency food packs we hand out each week.
“Here, we offer a menu put together by a nutritionist to include everything from a hot breakfast likes eggs right through to fruit salads, toast and cereals and donations allow us to continue to assist those in need.”
CHC is proud to support the Canberra community and to make a difference for those experiencing homelessness.
We are excited to share that our Disability House in McKellar has been announced as a finalist in Specialised Housing Category at the ACT/Southern NSW HIA Awards.
Homes such as McKellar House allow those with a disability to contribute to their society by creating avenues for independence. The property also creates jobs within our organisation and other community groups associated with the project.
Our hope was that the house would allow residents to foster independence and provide a safe alternative for those with a disability to have a home that is not an aged care facility.
McKellar House is a specialised disability group home, it includes an on-site manager and a support program to assist residents with day-to-day activities such as groceries, cleaning, gardening, catching public transport and caring for themselves and those around them.
Our rental portfolio includes a number of other innovative Group Home properties. Designed, developed and built by CHC, Group Homes offer shared accommodation to tenants who benefit from living in a group facility. This includes multi-generational family living arrangements, disability housing, apprenticeship homes and elderly residents who require additional care and support.