Last Christmas I decided that I would very much like to donate some of my time in helping to feed the homeless, a good charity to donate to, I’m sure you will agree.
I had never done this before, so it was about time I did, I had thought about it many times before this, even my children who had flown the coop a long time ago, had done so. My partner was away and my best friend would arrive later that evening, so off I went.
What an enlightening experience it was! Heart wrenching and enlightening.
Who Are These People
I saw single males and females, single parent families, young children and teens. To look at some of them, you would think they lived just around the corner. They probably did! Others showed the tell tale signs of struggle through life and obviously were homeless for quite some time.
On one side of the park, where I was with one of the charities you can donate to, were families and adults of all ages. On the opposite side of the park were the young adolescents. There seemed to be a variety of ages represented in all areas.
These individuals needed a helping hand and undoubtedly a smile from a stranger. I had the pleasure of serving the coleslaw as part of their Christmas dinner. I remember one lovely Asian lady who unexpectedly popped in with a special food treat. You could tell she went to a lot of effort.
The true and deep appreciation of these homeless folk for some comfort food really gladdened my heart and made me feel special. Me, a person with a roof over my head, a person who is not on the poverty line, was made to feel special by those homeless people. They all smiled back and were polite.
There are a considerable amount of charities to donate to, good charities to donate to.
What’s In A Name?
The one that sparked my interest is called Sheltered by Grace. They provide not just a roof over their heads, but gets them back into society as a valued member, by helping them to regain their identity. To me, this is a worthwhile charity.
Sheltered by Grace, the name says it all, doesn’t it?
This truly remarkable charity specializes in providing a total recovery program that is quite unique. By utilizing a self-sustaining model they are not reliant on government funding. Perhaps you are able to offer your valuable help with ideas, volunteering donations, clothing, furniture and other goods or services?
Currently they could use your help with the funding of their latest project, a bold and much needed venture to increase the shelter from 12 beds to 48 beds. Considering that 1 out of every 200 people in Australia are homeless on any given night, certainly qualifies this venture of Sheltered by Grace, to be one of the best charities to donate to in helping the homeless.
Laying the concrete slab for the second stage of development is the current enterprising stage of this project being addressed. You too can take part in this brilliant project, with your support in various ways.
As Martin Luthor King said “everyone can be great- because everyone can serve.” How can we, as just one individual, offer some support?
Australians are known as great humanitarians, a generous and giving people. Our common humanity is more important than our interesting differences.
Former U.S. president Bill Clinton said “almost everyone – regardless of income, available time, age and skills – can do something useful for others and in the process, strengthen the fabric of our shared humanity.”
Chairman of Sheltered by Grace, Jason Loakes, believes that the model being built in Waterford can be duplicated throughout Australia. WOW! Imagine that.
At times of great need, communities band together. Homelessness is a nationwide problem, one that is rapidly increasing. The fact that 1 in 200 Australians is homeless is shocking in itself, but the fact that nearly 18,000 of these homeless people are actually children under 10 years of age, is absolutely and undeniably mind-boggling.
Valuable funding is the solution and the fact that your donations are tax deductible makes this an attractive option for the corporate sector as well as the private individual. Who do you know that can help?
Australians should rally behind this worthwhile project. You know, one of the things that intrigued me about this project was the goal gauge. Watching the growth of the project is to me an important part, being kept in the loop helps each of us to see, as well as feel the rewards of our efforts, to feel we are a part of the process, that our individual contribution has some significance. Please join Sheltered by Grace because every contribution is significant!
Written by: Barbara Fulwood