Why bedraise?

How many homeless?

Every night in Australia, some 16,000 people sleep in improvised dwellings or outside, on the streets, in parks or under bridges.*

A further 21,000 slept in short or longer-term arrangements with boarding houses, almost 20,000 in Supported Accommodation Assistance Programmes like refuges and a further 46,000 stay in temporary arrangements with friends and relatives.*

More than 1 in 5 of those who are homeless are aged between 12 and 18. Seven thousand are over 65 years old.

The homeless include more than 7,000 families – some 26,790 individuals.

Some 105, 000 Australians are homeless every night.

*Source: Counting the Homeless 2006, Chris Chamberlain and David Mackenzie, Australian Census Analytic Program, ABS 2008 http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/

 

What we do for homelessness

  • Accommodate more than 1,000 young people each night
  • Youth services support more than 12,000 young people each year
  • Care for more than 5,000 homeless people a day
  • Provide:
    • Emergency relief
    • Crisis accommodation and support
    • Long term and transitional accommodation
    • Outreach support
    • Specialist, financial, gambling, sexual assault and other general counselling
    • Specialist family interventions
    • Outreach and refuges
    • Early intervention programs
    • Targeted employment programs
    • Family reunion programs.

 

A helping hand

The human costs of homelessness

Ella was only 16 years old when she was told to leave home. With nowhere to go she lived on the streets and slept on trains when it was cold.

Ella

Living on the streets is dangerous and young people who are homeless are often exposed to drugs, violence and crime on a regular basis. Like so many at risk young people Ella developed an addition to crystal methamphetamine.

She came to The Salvation Army looking for a warm meal and somewhere safe to sleep.

Through The Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Support Network Ella was helped into rehabilitation and stable accommodation and she also became involved in the streetradio.net project which allows disadvantaged young people to learn about radio production.  

Ella now has a regular radio programme that brings together her two passions, skateboarding and music. She has completed a Foxtel media course and has been offered a full-time job in commercial radio.

Ella is so grateful for the new outlook she has on life and the opportunities she now has.

By bedraising you can transform the life of another person like Ella.

 

Why bedraise?

Just $63 is enough to give a homeless person a safe bed for the night, an evening meal, breakfast, a warm shower and help to find more permanent accommodation.

Get everyone at your party to donate. Or hold a grudge match between sporting teams, and get them to donate for the privilege. Hold a special church function. Or perhaps hold a bed race or pyjama breakfast at your school or university.

The funds you raise will keep more Australians safe and secure at night this winter. And you can sleep extra well yourself knowing you have made a difference..

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