Your donation transforms Australian lives

The money raised by the Vinnies CEO Sleepout goes towards providing crucial support and services to Australians in need. With your help, we can help break the cycle of homelessness for good.

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 at risk and experiencing homelessness.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout's impact in 2020 - $5.7m:

Where we helped in 2020 with a total of $545,768 in Canberra:

  • Funds will help make a real impact to the lives of people experiencing homelessness and living below the poverty line here in Canberra.

  • Money raised from the Vinnies CEO Sleepout will help us to continue supporting local programs which don’t receive any government funding like our Night Patrol vans, St Nick’s Young Carers Program and Clemente, a free education program run in partnership with Australian Catholic University.

  • Funds also go to supporting people in the Canberra/Goulburn region who can’t afford the basics by providing food, petrol, utilities support and other material aid.

     

Where we helped in 2020 with a total of $2,135,346 in NSW:

These funds will be allocated as follows.

Matthew Talbot Health Clinic

  • Medical supplies - $20,000

  • Support the wages of one Support Manager and four Registered Nurses wages - $130,000

Community Engagement Team (Metro) 

  • Support programs that build connection and develop skills (ie cooking, gardening, art classes, wellbeing programs) - $55,000

  • Support 9 staff wages including 1 Team Leader,  1 Centre Coordinator, 6 Activities coordinators, and 1 Client engagement officer - $345,000

Matthew Talbot Hostel - Wolloomooloo

  • Support food costs to provide 500 hot meals each day - $80,000

  • Contribute to the wages of one Kitchen Supervisor, two Cooks and other Kitchen Staff - $120,000

  • Support wages of 2 onsite client support workers who engage and refer to appropriate supports for residents and non-residents - $140,000

Matthew Talbot Hostel - Newcastle

  • Support wages of 2 onsite client support workers who engage and refer to appropriate supports for residents and non-residents - $150,000

Freeman House Armidale

  • Support food costs to provide meals each day to Residents - $115,000

  • Client activities - $5,000
  • Support the wages of two Cooks and two Support Workers - $180,000

Vincentian House

  • Support client support costs of accommodation, transport, medical & food - $4,000

  • Client Activities - $6,346
  • Support wages of 2 onsite client support workers who engage and refer to appropriate supports for residents and non-residents - $140,000

Our Lady of the Way

  • Support to cover client support costs of client activities, whitegoods, and food - $5,000

  • Support wages for 1 Case Worker and 2 Support Workers - $100,000

Harmony House

  • Support client support costs - $20,000

  • Support wages of 2 onsite client support workers who engage and refer to appropriate supports for residents and non-residents - $140,000

John Purcell House Nowra

  • Support client support costs of temporary accommodation, furniture, whitegoods and so on - $30,000

  • Support costs of rostering support workers for 24/7 service and case management services - $100,000

Fred's Place

  • Support wages of 2 onsite Client Support and Outreach workers - $110,000

Vinnies Night Patrol

  • Support food costs to provide nourishing food and hot drinks to clients - $40,000

  • Support wages for 2 part-time Van Assistants - 50,000

Vinnies Van Wollongong

  • Support food costs to provide nourishing food and hot drinks to clients - $5,000

  • Support wages for 1 part-time Van Assistant - $25,000

Vinnies Van Parramatta

  • Support food costs to provide nourishing food and hot drinks to clients - $5,000

  • Support wages for 1 part-time Van Assistant - $15,000

Brisbane

  • The pandemic amplified the housing crisis for the existing 22,000 Queenslanders who don’t have a secure place to sleep. The housing crisis is growing. Homelessness in Queensland is expected to increase by 3.6% in only 1 year; whilst Queenslanders experiencing housing stress is expected to surge by 11.4% by June 2021 as we continue to experience the economic fallout of COVID-19 in 2021.1

  • Housing affordability stress resulted in thousands of Queenslanders struggling to keep a roof over their heads during these uncertain times. Your support has made it possible for St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, to offer Queenslanders who are newly vulnerable and at risk of homelessness a new, innovative and pragmatic prevention solution. We are piloting a special program for the next 18 months offering social housing subsidies to 30 newly vulnerable families in rental accommodation within the highly competitive private market.

  • We are offering 30 families from Queensland’s hotspot locations: Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Toowoomba, subsidised rental costs through head leasing their properties. Leasing from the private rental market is a quick and efficient way of addressing temporary hardship and housing crisis over the short- term for a long-term hand up.

  • The goal for these families at the conclusion of the program is to be able to sustain their rental accommodation without heading into arrears and risking eviction, putting them on a path to financial independence, and able to focus on a better future and life for their family.  

  • With an investment of $250,000 that you helped raise through CEO SO2020, St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland will help these families get back on track with a sustainable solution.
  • As the state’s, largest homelessness services provider offering not only accommodation services but also wrap-around services, St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland will work in partnership with these families to supply emergency food relief, no-interest loans and offer training and education opportunities.

  • Just as we invested $250,000 raised through CEO SO2020 into our Head Leasing program, we are hoping to invest another $250,000 raised through CEO SO2021 into this program.

Gold Coast

  • Over five years we have raised over $1.8 million through our Gold Coast CEO Sleepout event and funded three projects for the benefit of the vulnerable members of our community.

  • The following programs benefited from our CEO Sleepout participants’ fundraising – Cornerstone Homelessess Support Service Program, Rendu House and The Hub:

    • Our Cornerstone Homelessness Support Service Program has assisted over 820 people including families who were either at risk of losing their tenancy or homeless. Thanks to you, we have invested in providing appropriate accommodation, assistance covering rent arrears, links to other community organisations such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol, and legal services to ensure tenancy rights are maintained.
    • Thanks to our generous participants and supporters, this year we inaugurated our Rendu House which offers safe accommodation to mature-aged women who are at risk of homelessness. We invested in providing for the needs of senior women by assisting with their breakdown of needs and providing wrap-around services.
    • This year, we will also be completing our project offering all wrap-around services and assistance under one roof – The Hub. The Hub will help us to assist our Companions with multiple needs through efficient collaboration. Being one of the first of its kind for Vinnies, The Hub will better our efforts to prevent our community members from falling through the cracks of homelessness by early intervention and prevention by offering holistic services under one roof. We pride ourselves in supporting each Companion through their difficult times in a manner suited to their needs. The Hub will represent hope and action.
    • We have envisioned to continue to develop and expand new services for those who are doing it tough. This is an important part of the future of St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland and are hopeful the funds raised through Vinnies CEO SO will help us to serve more vulnerable members of our Gold Coast community.

1 Leishman, C., Ong, R., Lester, L. and Liang, W. (2020) Supporting Australia’s housing system: modelling pandemic policy responses, AHURI Final Report No. 346, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/research/finalreports/346, doi: 10.18408/ahuri3125701.

Where we helped in 2020 with a total of $678,194 in South Australia:

  • Funds will help make a real impact to the lives of people experiencing homelessness and living below the poverty line here in Adelaide.
  • Money raised from the Vinnies CEO Sleepout will help us to continue supporting local programs which don’t receive any ongoing government funding such as our Fred’s Van Meal Service, our Migrant & Refugee Service and Youth programs.

  • Funds also go to supporting people who can’t afford the basics by providing food, petrol, utilities support and other material aid.

     

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Where we helped in 2020 with a total of $1,059,172.00 in Victoria:

  • 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 2020 with a total of $492,808 in Perth:

  • Intensive support and crisis accommodation for people experiencing long term homelessness.

  • Support for people experiencing hardship by providing basic necessities such as food and clothing, as well as household items, utility bills and rental assistance and offer referrals and friendship through home visitations or by attendance at one of our support centres.

  • Individualised and therapeutic support to young people who visit our Passages Youth Engagement Hubs and help to manage their crisis, develop life skills and help provide a pathway out of homlessness.

     

 Let us do without hesitation
whatever good lies at our hands 


– Frederic Ozanam (Founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society)