Christmas and the New Year is now almost upon us. All of us at the Mercy Foundation thank you for your support throughout 2014 and wish you and your loved ones a safe, peaceful and joyous festive season.
From the CEO
It was my pleasure to be at the launch of Project Stay at Bankstown Arts Centre in Sydney. Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia, was in attendance to officially launch the project.
Project Stay is an innovative project for homeless young people being managed by St George Community Housing. This project has been funded through the Mercy Foundation’s Grants to End Homelessness program.
Breaking the cycle of poverty
Micah Projects was awarded a Grant to End Homelessness to help young parents in jobless families who had experienced significant disadvantage since childhood. The project provided targeted employment and training programs and identified barriers that may be preventing the parents from gaining employment.
Housing young families
This year, Chameleon Housing applied for a grant to help young families with access to stable housing, support and employment.
Online assistance to help people at risk of homelessness
The Mercy Foundation provided a grant to Homelessness NSW to develop an online tool to assist people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Building community, breaking down barriers
Moving to a new country without family or friends can be a lonely and difficult time. The AAHYA (Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association) was awarded a small grant to start a sewing class for Afghan women, to help them build friendships and link into support networks in our community.
Supporting young families in South Australia
Mt Barker Community Centre recognised the need to provide young families with guidance for cooking nutritional meals and assistance with budgeting on a limited income. Additional benefits included the creation of a supportive social network.
A well deserved Getaway!
A small grant has enabled five women with high support needs to enjoy a well deserved holiday on Phillip Island.
Home in a Box Update
Thank you to the students from Mercy College Chatswood who enthusiastically helped us pack the last 25 Homes in Boxes. The students did a fantastic job and completed packing in a matter of hours. We were very grateful for their assistance and very delighted with their generous donation of $200.
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