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Homeless man born with no hands sells sketches to help tackle Queensland’s accommodation crisis

JUNE 10, 2019 – ABC News Article on Sheltered by Grace

After years of living on the streets, recovering ice addict Robert Drew is using his talent to help others doing it tough, as Brisbane experiences one of the highest spikes of homelessness in the country.

Mr Drew, or "Fingers" as he is sometimes called, was born with no hands and has lived on the streets of Canberra and Brisbane for many years.

But despite his disability, he used his artistic talents to get through the tough times, by selling his sketches.

"I had to beg for money every day and line up at food vans, it was chaotic," he said.

"I was smoking pot, shooting up ice, drinking and trying to waste my life away because I couldn't cope."

And now he's now selling them to raise money for the homeless shelter that helped him.

"By the age of three I knew I was different from other children and I thought, 'what can I do to give me the feeling that I am just as whole as everyone else?'. So I started drawing pictures," he said.

"At five years old my first piece of art — a watercolour — sold for about $40 and I thought, here is something I can use.

"As soon as I pick that pencil up I feel like I'm healed."

The talented sketch artist was housed by not-for-profit community organisation Sheltered by Grace, near Logan in Brisbane, two months ago.

The 41-year-old said it helped him get clean for the first time in 20 years.

"Here, there are no drugs, no threat of violence. I feel like I have won the battle," he said.

"I can be a normal person again."

Homeless shelter 'turning people away every day'

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) is pressuring the Queensland Government to make tackling Australia's worsening homelessness crisis a priority in the lead up to the state budget, saying a serious cash injection was needed.

Sheltered by Grace, which can house 12 people, is one of several homeless shelters across the state at full capacity, as cities like Brisbane struggle to keep up with demand.

"We turn away 15-20 people every day and we are getting more families, especially women and children, coming to us for help," founder Jason Loakes said.

"It's incredibly frustrating."

Mr Loakes said the State Government had spent some money on affordable housing, but more was needed for emergency accommodation.

"We also need to make the red tape easier to get through," he said.

"It's a nightmare because you're dealing with all three levels of government when you try to set up a homeless shelter and it's very hard to get them to work together."

The State Government will announce a $97,000 funding boost for the shelter this week, to expand counselling services and provide space for extra beds.

Mr Loakes said while the funding was welcomed, much more was needed.

Social services sector calls for rapid change

The number of homeless people in Australia has jumped by more than 14,000 — or 14 per cent — in the five years to 2016, according to the latest census data.

QCOSS CEO Mark Henley said Brisbane had experienced one of the highest jumps in the country, with a 32 per cent rise in homelessness in those years.

"It's completely unacceptable and shouldn't happen in a country like Australia," he said.

"We want the government to set far more ambitious targets in investment in social and affordable housing [when it tables the budget on Tuesday].

"Housing is a critical area and there has been an underwhelming underinvestment, so we want them to step up to the mark this year."

The State Government had previously committed $1.8 billion for the next decade, to a housing strategy that would include 5,500 new social and affordable homes, but Mr Henley said that was not enough.

"We identified the State Government needed to invest in a minimum of 53,000 social and affordable homes over the next 10 years," he said.

Housing Minister Mick de Brenni admitted the gap between the State Government's housing targets and the target outlined by QCOSS was wide, but said the Federal Government needed to be the one to step up.

"We don't think it's ok that any Queenslander has to sleep rough or can't afford to pay their rent or mortgage," he said.

"We need to see all levels of government stepping up here, we need to see the Federal Government play a role."

The Minister would not specify whether the State Government would commit additional funding in this week's budget to expand its targets, but confirmed it would continue to roll out its 2017 Queensland Housing Strategy.

"We've set a target under the strategy [last year], that we will direct deliver 5,500 affordable homes [over 10 years]," Mr de Brenni said.

"It's impossible to get into the housing market if you don't have a job, that's going to be our primary focus in this year's budget."

Talking to Luke Howarth about emergency housing issues.

“Thank you to Jason and Lisa from Sheltered By Grace for the work they are doing helping house homeless people. Listen here to why emergency accomodation is important!” – Luke Howarth”

Sheltered By Grace plans for three new buildings to house Logan’s homeless have stalled because of a lack of funding

JULY 28 2019 – The Courier-Mail Article on Sheltered by Grace

A CHARITY that provides shelter to homeless men and women in the Logan area turns away up to 25 people a day because of a lack of facilities.

Sheltered By Grace’s Jason Loakes said the organisation currently has a 12-bedroom house for the homeless at 157 Old Logan Village Rd, Waterford, and has approval for another three buildings providing 72 beds to cater for the growing crisis.

However, a lack of funding has stalled their plans to cater for more homeless men and women in the Logan area.

Mr Loakes said according to the census there are about 1000 people classed as homeless in the area and the organisation turns away “up to 25 people a day” whom they then try to help with alternative shelter.

“Homelessness is a growing problem that has been swept under the carpet,” he said.

“When people think of the homeless they think of the stereotypical person dressed in rags suffering from mental health or substance abuse problems, but the reality is we have sugar coated what it actually means to be homeless resulting in an unknown number of Australians who are homeless and don’t think they fit the definition.

“Everyone knows a friend or a relative who is couch surfing or crashing at a mates and they aren’t really considered to be homeless but in actual fact, with no fixed address, they are.”

Since late 2015, the independent charity has helped more than 400 homeless men and women over the age of 25 by providing 24-hour accommodation and also help from doctors, psychiatrists, personal trainers, nutritionists and drug and alcohol counselors.

Recently Sheltered By Grace was one of 10 recipients to receive a grant through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund which will allow for the organisation to expand its operations and help many more people who are homeless or facing the prospect of becoming homeless.

Mr Loakes said they are honoured to receive the grant but understand the reality is while this will help some of the people coming to them for support, this grant will only be able to help a handful of the thousands who are homeless,” he said.

“We are very appreciative of the support from the Queensland Government and this grant will go towards increasing our capabilities helping those affected by homelessness, but we do need the continual support of the community to help address the issue further into the future.”

Sheltered by Grace gets to work on Homeless Transition Centre

“Sheltered by Grace gets to work on Homeless Transition Centre”

JUNE 18 2019 – Jimboomba Times Article on Sheltered by Grace

A WATERFORD homeless shelter is planning to have the capacity to accommodate eight more people by Christmas this year.

Sheltered by Grace was presented with a $97,795 Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant this month to go towards the construction of a two story Homeless Transition Centre building to provide on-site counselling, training and accommodation at Old Logan Village Road.

For the past nine years, counselling services have been completed on a limited basis inside the shelter’s administration building due to financial constraints.

Chairman Jason Loakes said the Homeless Transition Centre would be a massive step forward for Sheltered by Grace.

“In practical terms, we can finally give private on-site counselling seven days a week in an appropriate setting,” he said.

“If any job network service providers want to do on-site training they will have the space to do it and we can house more people. Instead of accommodating 12 we could take on eight more people.

Waterford MP Shannon Fentiman and Attorney General Yvette D'Ath presented Sheltered by Grace with a $97,795 Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant.

"It is not a lot in the scheme of things but it is a good start compared to nothing else."

Waterford MP Shannon Fentiman said the state government funding would support some of the most vulnerable people in Logan.

"I am so pleased that this funding will go towards helping locals who truly need assistance," she said.

"This grant will be used for the expansion of the organisation's existing facility, which means more accommodation, counselling, rehabilitation and training services.

"Sheltered by Grace is made up of an amazing group of people and I cannot praise them enough for everything they do for our community."

Mr Loakes said it was vital to have the project complete before Christmas in order to be in the best position to meet an anticipated demand for homelessness services.

"It means a lot to us at the shelter to have this done because Christmas Day can be a time involving alcohol, drugs and family," he said.

"Sometimes it is fantastic, at other times it is deadly.

"Over the past nine years we have been at our busiest in the December and January period."

Donations toward the project are still welcome with Sheltered by Grace expecting a $50,000 financial gap to meet labour, material and certification costs.

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Who Should Get Your Donations?

Helping others doesn’t necessarily involve taking time out of your busy schedule and volunteering. Most charitable organizations are as desperate for monetary donations as they are for people to volunteer their time. However, you may have questions about donating your money, such as how the money is spent and how much of it actually is put into helping people. There are many philanthropic organizations you can donate to and there are ways you can check on how their donations are spent.

How Do You Choose?

There are many organizations that need people to donate their money so they can continue to provide services to those who need them and it can be difficult to decide to whom you should donate your money. Most people donate to organizations that they are connected to in some way. For instance, if a disease has affected you or someone you know, you may wish to donate to charities trying to find a cure for that ailment. You may also want to donate to causes that you believe in or in which you have an interest. Opportunities to donate money are everywhere, including through your work place or when you see volunteers taking donations for their organization at a shopping centre. While it would be nice to donate money to all of the charities you come across, most of us don’t have enough money to give to every organization. It can be difficult to choose who gets your money, but if you are unsure to whom you should donate, you can find charities here, Charities Aid Foundation, that need your money.

Tips for Choosing a Charity

Before you volunteer your time or decide which charities to donate to, consider what types of issues matter the most to you. If you are an animal lover, you may wish to donate to organizations that protect animals, such as the World Wildlife Fund, or are directly involved in rescuing them. Many animal rescue groups not only need volunteers and money, but also they may need food for the dogs, cats or other animals they help. Consider where you want your money spent. Do you want it to stay with local charities or are there international groups that you wish to make donations to? Perhaps there are national charities that you wish to provide with goodwill donations. Your dollars may be best spent with a national charity if it is for medical research, for instance, but if you wish to help the homeless, you may want to give to a local charity. You will also want to make sure that the charities mission aligns with your personal values. You may not want to give to a church that holds beliefs that you don’t agree with, for instance, even if they are doing good work for people. Part of choosing a charity to give money to is giving it to causes in which you believe.

How are Donations Used?

There are many good charities to donate to and most of them provide information on how their donations are spent. While there are administration costs that need to be covered for these charities, most organizations try to use charitable donations for their cause and not on office expenses. It may not always be possible to do so though, because many non-profit organizations rely solely on donations for funding. If you are concerned about how your donated money is used, you can look up information online on charities and find out where their donations are being spent. Most charities try to be transparent about where their money goes and produce reports showing how donations are used. It can be difficult to discern who is more worthy of getting your donations, especially if you are donating significant amounts of money. However, with a little research, you can determine how your donations will be spent, which can help you decide with which charities you wish to make donations.

How Much Should You Give?

The amount of your donation will depend on what you can afford, but if that isn’t an issue for you, it may depend on whom you are giving your money. If you are making a donation to a hospital or university, you may be recognized for your charitable giving if you are adding a wing to the facility and that can be a big ego boost. However, if you are not concerned with recognition, you can always make sure your donation is anonymous. Many churches suggest that 10 percent of your income should go to charity, a church specifically, while other organizations suggest that 5 percent may be a better target. While it is up to your comfort level, and income, on how much to give, you should stick with causes that you believe in and not diversify. You’re not investing in the charitable organizations you give money to, you are trying to fund causes in which you truly believe. You may find yourself inundated with requests for money if you do donate, but those requests may be because of the amount you’re giving. If you are a big donor, your charity will solicit you directly because they don’t want to lose you as a donor. However, if you are giving small donations, they may sell your information to a clearinghouse for charities and you will find more requests for your money. Consider the causes you believe in before writing a cheque and then do some research to find the best charities to donate to. While it may not seem worth the effort for a few dollars, if you are donating significant amounts of money, you will probably want to know where and how you’re money is spent. Most of us want our money to go where it will be spent on the cause. If you have a passion for helping people in need or those who are looking to change their lives and need a hand up not a hand out, then consider donating to Sheltered by Grace. We are not government funded, and the money to fund the ongoing support of our clients in need of transformation comes directly from a portion of our client’s Centrelink benefits and from donations.
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Leave a Legacy to the World

As the world continues to develop and become a smaller community with many connections through the internet and industry there is a need for philanthropy more than ever. Philanthropy is the need to do good things for others and often takes the form of large donations of money or property in the form of charitable trusts.  The desire to give back is to create a legacy to the world that your existence mattered and you contributed to the world.

The desire is the same for a corporation as for an individual as well.  Developing a charitable trust, which is a specific trust established to run the interests of a particular organization or group of charities that it can be done. The designated activities and funding is clearly stated to support all of the activities of the charitable trust and the money that it contributes.  The successful establishment of a charity can leave a positive legacy for the world. Keep Reading

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Dig Deep – Local Homeless Shelters Need Help

“Dig Deep: Homeless Need Help”

Friday 19 June 2015 – The Reporter Article on Sheltered by Grace

Kelly Daniels’ awesome article on Sheltered by Grace can be found as an attachment.  In this article, Kelly explains that Sheltered by Grace is raising money to build our second stage of our local homeless shelters.  We need community help to build an additional and much needed 36 bedrooms in order to transform the lives of the homeless.

We currently have had earth works graciously donated and building approval in place.  We plan on doing the building in stages beginning with the first 12 bedroom module.  The first thing we need is concrete for the foundations.  If you, or someone you know has contacts that can help us with concrete, please get in touch with us.  Your help is greatly needed, and greatly appreciated! Keep Reading

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5 Points To Consider When Choosing Good Charities To Donate To

The ultimate goal of a good charity is to right the wrongs in life, contributing to the good of the less fortunate, not to feather their nest. So what are the determining factors in finding a good charity?

What Defines The Best Charity To Donate To?

To explain, or describe, or interpret, or characterize the best charity to donate to, is how the dictionary explains “define” the best charity to donate to. To illustrate this more clearly, let’s take a look at the points below, one at a time.

1. Which cause?
2. Modus Operandi. Method of operation/charter
3. Ability to achieve the desired result (past performance)
4. Ability to lead/ utilization of talent pool
5. Enriching society (what do they give back) Keep Reading

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Brisbane Homeless Shelters – What Is The Best Charity To Donate To?

Quite frankly, there do not seem to be enough homeless shelters to go around. How is that possible, you say? Well the swelling ranks of our homeless, is a prime indicator of the depths of gravity of the situation and the urgency required in providing a solution.

All homeless shelters are worthy of our help because they are the only recourse that our homeless can turn to in their times of great need. One of the best homeless charities to donate to, Sheltered By Grace is in Brisbane and expanding to provide more beds. Keep Reading

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What Are The Best Charities To Donate To In Brisbane?

How do you say NO to a person in dire need – go away? Well, unless you yourself were in a similar position, it would take a truly heartless person to contemplate saying this. In all conscience, a humane person would at least attempt to help, would you agree?

Charities to Donate To

That’s precisely how Chairman of Sheltered By Grace, Jason Loakes became so totally committed to helping homeless people. A friend and his family were in dire need.

There are many good Brisbane charities to donate to, and all are worthy of support, so finding a charity close to your heart is a great starting point.
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