Your generous support is helping to bring about an end to homelessness in communities across Australia.
From the CEO
In July I was invited to Minister Pru Goward’s Roundtable on Social Investment in homelessness. I joined a small number of senior leaders within the NGO and corporate sectors at the Clayton Utz offices for a three hour meeting with the Minister.
Minister Goward made it clear that she believes that social investment is much more than money – it is about involving business and other members of the community in strategic ways to lead and support in the development of solutions to complex social problems.
Mercy Foundation Youth Awards
The Mercy Foundation Youth Awards are open to all Primary and Secondary schools in NSW. The aim of the competition is to encourage students to think about social justice in their community and to highlight the issue of homelessness in Australia.
Addressing family homelessness
San Miguel provides medium term housing for homeless families. With your support, through our Grants to End Homelessness, a Family Outreach Worker was employed to provide outreach support to families that had experienced intergenerational and chronic homelessness. The key objective of the worker was to help families break the cycle of homelessness once they left San Miguel and moved into permanent housing.
Ending Homelessness in rural South Australia
Thanks to our generous donors, the Mercy Foundation funded a program with Welfare Rights Centre SA (WRCSA) to provide legal services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, living in rural and remote South Australia. WRCSA had identified a need for this group to have access to the same legal services available to people residing in Adelaide.
Helping vulnerable women find secure housing
Women's Space is a HopeStreet programme that provides vital support to women working in the sex industry who seek assistance to make permanent, positive life changes. Women's Space provides a safe, nurturing environment for vulnerable and marginalised women to explore housing options, in a market where they are often discriminated against.
Grants to End Homelessness Open
We are now taking Expressions of Interest in our Grants to End Homelessness program. Please follow the link below to read about this grants program and download the EOI form.
Helping families with financial burdens
There are many causes of homelessness. Inability to pay a bill or rent as a result of a crisis can result in imminent eviction and homelessness. In recognition of this, Endeavour Ministries was provided with a small grant to help families in the local area access a no-interest loan to assist in relieving financial pressures.
Creative art therapy helping young Indigenous Australians
In 2012, the organisation Art2Healing approached the Mercy Foundation for a small grant to fund their Art Therapy and Sexual Health Indigenous Australia Project. Art2Healing is a non profit organisation dedicated to assisting women and children at risk. Art2Healing uses creative art therapy as a means of providing psychological support, education and growth.
Small Grants Underway
Thanks to our donors and supporters, the Board of the Mercy Foundation approved funding for 16 small grants to community organisations working to address injustice across Australia.
Dressing Not Stressing Event
Please join us at this fun event to help raise funds for the Mercy Foundation!
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