Who we help
Homelessness can affect anyone at any time. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that over 116,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness. Of these, 60% are under 35, 44% are women and 13% are under 12 years old.
Where your donations go
Your donations help Vinnies provide food, accommodation and essential services to people experiencing homelessness.
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout's impact in 2018 - $6.9m:
Where we helped in 2018 with a total of $629,700 in Canberra/Goulburn:
• Continued supporting the Night Patrol, Clemente and St Nick’s Young Carers programs which don’t receive any government funding.
• Installed two showers at the Thread Together Clothing Hub @
• Purchased equipment to generate employment at Oaks Estate through the container deposit scheme. Vinnies is one of the first charities taking part in the ACT Container Deposit Scheme, which allows Canberrans to return eligible, empty beverage containers to get a refund of 10 cents per container and either keep the refund or donate it directly to people in need via one of the participating charities.
• Supported the VINES program.
Where we helped in 2018 with a total of $1,908,000 in Sydney:
Matthew Talbot Health Clinic:
- Medical supplies - $20,000
- Support the wages of one Team Leader and four Registered Nurses - $110,000
- Ozanam Learning CentreEducation - $10,000
- Support programs including Living Skills,
WomensEngagement Activities and Art - $60,000
- Support the wages of nine Staff Members including one Counsellor, five Activities Officers, one Program Manager, one Living Skills Officer as well as Service Staff - $300,000
Matthew Talbot Hostel:
- Support food costs to provide 620 hot meals each day - $135,000
- Contribute to the wages of one Kitchen Supervisor, two Cooks and other Kitchen Staff - $165,000
- Support the wages of two Support Workers - $110,000
Freeman House Armidale
- Support food costs to provide meals each day to Residents - $112,000
- Support the wages of two Cooks and two Support Workers - $150,000
- Support client support costs of furniture, medical and food costs - $15,000
- Client activities - $15,000
- Support the wages of two Support Workers - $110,000
Our Lady of the Way
- Client activities - $6,000
- Support to cover client support costs of temporary accommodation, furniture, whitegoods and medical needs - $10,000
- Support the wages of one Case Worker and one Support Worker for 24/7 support - $130,000
- Supply daily meals, activities, linen and bedding to Residents - $30,000
- Support the wages of one Cook and two Support Workers - $170,000
- The support of client support costs and client activities - $15,000
- Support the wages of two Child and Adolescent Workers - $110,000
- Wingecarribee Homelessness AccomodationSupport the running costs of Youth Refuge - $15,000
- Support the wages of two Case Workers - $110,000
Where we helped in 2018 with a total of $153,757 in Newcastle:
- Client Accommodation & Relocation Costs including Bedding, Blankets, Food/Food Vouchers - $41,582
- Supporting the wages of a Property Officer and a Case Worker Mental Health - $112,175
Where we helped in 2018 with a total of $170,000 Wollongong:
Wollongong's Vinnies CEO Sleepout will help fund existing homelessness and mental health services across the Macarthur, Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands, including:
Nagle Centre family care and support service – assisting people and families experiencing crisis and disadvantage in the Macarthur region by providing almost 7,000 meals per year, as well as counselling and social activities, including trauma-informed yoga classes.
Jim da Silva Farm – promoting personal growth and living skills while providing medium-long term accommodation for men experiencing homelessness who are dealing with ongoing mental illness, drug and alcohol issues or emotional disturbance.
Conference assistance to individuals and families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness by helping to reduce severe financial stress, providing vouchers and food hampers, supplying clothing and household items via Vinnies shops, and connecting them with housing options.
Where we helped in 2018 with a total of $1,520,000 Queensland:
Supplied $1m worth of housing for families at risk of homelessness due to family and domestic violence. Vinnies also provided an additional $2.5m for the purchase of additional accommodation facilities.
Provided approximately an additional 28,000 bed nights for people experiencing homelessness.
Helped fund the Cornerstone program – an early intervention service on the Gold Coast supporting people at risk of homelessness.
A big thank you to all who participated and raised these vital funds in 2018 and we hope we can have an even better result for 2019.
Where we helped in 2018 with a total of $715,000 in Adelaide:
- Provided 21,535 safe nights’ sleep at the Vinnies Men’s Crisis Centre
- Supplied 40,000 nutritious meals over 10 locations across the state through our Fred’s Van services
- Supported 62,652 South Australians experiencing poverty through emergency assistance and home visits
- Provided a safe and nurturing environment via a 20 room crisis centre for women and their children in Adelaide
- Assisted 10,256 people through the Migrant and Refugee Centre.
Where we helped in 2018 with a total of $200,225 in Tasmania:
Continue assisting people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. This includes people under severe financial stress, unable to provide for basic food, shelter and clothing for themselves and /or their families. This assistance is delivered through our Emergency Relief programs.
Continue our support services under the Fresh Start Program which empowers and enables people at financial and homelessness risk to take control of their circumstances.
Funding a Gardening initiative at Bethlehem House which encourages residents to participate in outdoor activities, work as a team whilst learning gardening skills and encouraging them to eat fresh vegetables.
Expand our soup van services to the North West covering Burnie, Somerset and Wynyard, using some of the funds raised for the purchasing and outfitting of a new van.
Where we helped in 2018 with a total of $905,950 in Melbourne
Funds will help Vinnies' local, volunteer-run services to alleviate poverty and prevent homelessness. All funds go to supporting Victorians who can't afford the basics by providing food, petrol, utilities support and other material aid.
Where we helped in 2018 with a total of $120,070 in Geelong:
Funds will help Vinnies' local, volunteer-run services to alleviate poverty and prevent homelessness. All funds go to supporting people in the greater Geelong region who can't afford the basics by providing food, petrol, utilities support and other material aid.
Where we helped in 2018 with a total of $559,836 in Perth:
Thanks to the support of our generous participants and donors we can continue to provide much needed services in the Western Australian community.
Vinnies WA continues to see the impact of increased living costs and the lack of affordable housing. Volunteers assist people experiencing hardship by providing support with basic necessities such as food, clothing, household items, utility bills and rental assistance. They offer referrals and friendship through home visitations or by attending our support centres. This help is essential in relieving stress for households who are forced to choose between keeping a roof over their head, paying an important bill or putting food on the table.
Our low threshold and change approach removes as many barriers as possible to make our services accessible for the most vulnerable people in our community. Passages Youth Engagement Hubs in Perth and Peel provide marginalised and at risk young people with a safe and positive place to access support services. We offer practical assistance such as food, clothing, bathroom and laundry facilities and computer access. By ensuring that basic needs are met, it allows us to build relationships with young people to assist them to further address their complex issues. We provide individualised and therapeutic support to manage their crisis, develop life skills and access other support services to prevent further crisis and help provide a pathway out of homelessness. Tom Fisher House is a crisis accommodation service in Perth supporting long term rough sleepers who may be unable to access other services due to their complex needs. It provides free accommodation and a place of engagement in which life impacting issues can be identified, treated and supported in collaboration with other agencies.
Vinnies WA provides affordable transitional and crisis accommodation to people experiencing homelessness as a result of domestic violence, mental illness and/or poverty. This service helps people build strong connections with the community, maintain employment, undertake education and seek long term, stable accommodation.