National Homelessness Week

It is National Homelessness week. This year we find ourselves assisting more people who are homeless than ever before. Is it a rise in homelessness, or is it is just that more people who are homeless are aware of our service? Maybe both. Either way, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that there are many people who are homeless, in all age groups, and we as a community must be able to do more to help.

It is with sadness that we remember this time last year that one of our locals died, homeless and sleeping rough in the nearby forest. We will always remember him. Let’s do more to stop this happening again.

Op shop top up

Greetings everyone! Have you visited our op shop lately? It is a great place to grab a bargain, as many have done. So, if you are considering donating your pre-loved items, our op shop could use a top up of stock. Donations can be left directly at the op shop, 1672 Burwood Highway, Belgrave, or dropped off at our office at 1616-1624 Burwood Highway, Belgrave (Belgrave Hub, lower level).

Furry friends food appeal

Furry friends food appeal.

Thanks to the Ferntree Gully Belgrave Mail newspaper for promoting our appeal for pet food. We often hear stories from clients how they need food for their animal companions. And clients will often go hungry after spending money to feed their furry friends first. If anyone is able to donate pet food it will be much appreciated. Thank you.

Please click on the link to read the article: https://rangestrader.mailcommunity.com.au/news/2019-07-02/dont-let-their-dogs-go-hungry/?fbclid=IwAR0XCR9kyE4cgLwd6Qmd1c0W2MDj-tFYPMVs3By4czxMoSDdLg4Tmfe_vZM

Wheel see you on the road

Many thanks to the Ferntree Gully Belgrave Mail for the article in the newspaper about our lovely car! Philip Wollen OAM and his wife Trix have chosen DRERS to receive their 2004 Mercedes Benz. We are truly grateful. This car will enable us to make home visits even whilst our ute is on the road picking up rescued/donated food 5 days per week. Having an unmarked vehicle will be better for clients’ dignity.

Here is the link to the newspaper article:

https://rangestrader.mailcommunity.com.au/news/2019-06-28/generous-donation-lets-drers-help-others/