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 2019 - $7.9m:

Where we helped in 2019 with a total of $812,506 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 CEO Sleepout will help us to continue supporting local programs which don’t receive any government funding like Night Patrol, St Nick’s Young Carers 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 2019 with a total of $2,155,347 in Sydney:

These funds will be allocated as follows.

Matthew Talbot Health Clinic

  • Medical supplies - $30,000

  • Support the wages of one Team Leader and four Registered Nurses - $150,000

Ozanam Learning Centre

  • Catering - $8,000 
  • Support programs including Living Skills, Women’s Engagement Activities and Art - $72,000

  • 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 - $340,000

Matthew Talbot Hostel

  • Support food costs to provide 620 hot meals each day - $140,000

  • Contribute to the wages of one Kitchen Supervisor, two Cooks and other Kitchen Staff - $180,000

  • Support the wages of two Support Workers - $140,000

Freeman House Armidale

  • Support food costs to provide meals each day to Residents - $112,000

  • Client activities - $8,000
  • Support the wages of two Cooks and two Support Workers - $190,000

Vincentian House

  • Support client support costs of accommodation, transport, medical and food costs - $10,000

  • Client activities - $15,000

  • Support the wages of two Support Workers - $140,000

Our Lady of the Way

  • Support to cover client support costs of temporary accommodation, furniture, whitegoods and food - $3,332

  • Support the wages of one Case Worker and one Support Worker for 24/7 support - $42,015

Edel Quinn

  • Supply daily meals, activities, linen and bedding to Residents - $30,000

  • Support the wages of one Cook and two Support Workers - $170,000

McCosker House 

  • The support of client support costs and client activities - $15,000

  • Support the wages of two Child and Adolescent Workers - $140,000

John Purcell House Nowra

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

  • Support the wages of Support Workers for 24/7 service and case management - $190,000

Where we helped in 2019 with a total of $140,000 Wollongong:

These funds will be allocated as follows.

  • $75,000 to support the operation of the Illawarra/Shoalhaven Vinnies Van – providing more than 16,500 meals and a range of essential items to support those in need across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions each year, and helping to foster connections between clients and other support services.

  • $30,000 towards meal service provision at the Nagle Centre family care and support service – assisting people and families experiencing crisis and disadvantage in the Macarthur region by providing almost 20,000 meals per year, as well as counselling and social activities, including trauma-informed yoga classes (Campbelltown).

  • $10,000 in support of 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 (Nowra).
  • $25,000 directed to the operational cost of 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 2019 with a total of $195,000 in Newcastle:

These funds will be allocated as follows.   

Matthew Talbot Homeless Centre, Wickham    

  • Crises Accommodation - $195,000

Matthew Talbot Homeless Service supports men and men with children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas. We also support families and focus on delivering a program that is responsive and delivers rapid re-housing.  Our Case Workers provide assertive outreach to people sleeping rough, using a Housing First Model to get them off the streets and putting wrap around services in place that they identify they need.  We are a person centred organisation and assist people to reach their goals.

We have men and men with children who are able to live onsite while we work on housing them in the community. The funds raised assist with meeting their needs when they arrive with bedding and other needs and also assisting in setting up a new home when they leave our accommodation.

These donations also contribute to two roles at MTHS. Our Property Officer whose role is to assist men and men with children to transition into private rentals. She assists the person and Case Worker to navigate finding appropriate and affordable housing while building relationships with local Real Estate Agents. We also have a position of Case Worker, Mental Health whose role is to focus on building Mental Health partnerships so we can strengthen pathways for people accessing our service and the professional staff to work better together.

Where we helped in 2019 with a total of $975,000 raised in Brisbane:

You’ve helped the 71 men currently living at our South Brisbane Men’s Hostel in Peel Street. Sadly, 40 year old hostel is struggling to meet demand, which is unsurprising, as homelessness has increased in Brisbane by 32% in the last five years.

Fortunately, thanks to the support of CEO Sleepout participants, Vinnies will commence a major refurbishment of the hostel to meet growing demand of homelessness in our city.

Your support will allow us to begin planning phase 1 of the upgrade, which will transform the hostel into a dignified home and provide hope and the opportunity to rebuild lives.

Where we helped in 2019 with a total of $387,000 raised in Gold Coast:

You’ll help fund the building of six new units to provide a home to vulnerable, elderly women at our Byth St, Arundal facility. Sadly, homelessness on the Gold Coast has increased by almost a third in the last five years, with a rapidly growing portion made up women aged 55+, who are at risk because have little in the way of savings or superannuation.

You’ll also fund a major project which addresses the much-needed, long-term response to homelessness; its working title The Hub.

It gives the community a central point to access affordable housing; drug, alcohol and mental health support; financial counselling, pathways to employment; and emergency relief for food and furniture.

Where we helped in 2019 with a total of $690,000 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 72,279 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 2019 with a total of $150,000 in Launceston:

  • Supporting our local, volunteer-run services providing food hampers and financial assistance to people experiencing homelessness. For the 2018 Christmas, we provided over 520 hampers at an average of $120-150 per hamper for the North and North West of the State and another 350 hampers for the Southern Region. We expect numbers will increase significantly this year.

  • Provided additional funding for our community programs in the north and north-west, as well as for our Dining with Friends program and the running of our food van; over a twelve months period we have provided approximately 21,000 meals between the two programs, across the State. These programs have proven to be very beneficial and we will be expanding them in other areas of need in the State.

  • Supporting Tasmanians unable to afford the basics by material aid and assisting those at risk of homelessness or homeless.

Where we helped in 2019 with a total of $1,352,014 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 2019 with a total of $229,965 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 2019 with a total of $901,183 in Perth:

Thanks to the generosity of our participants and supporters we can continue providing much needed services in the Western Australian community.

  •  Vinnies WA continues to see the impact of increased living costs and the lack of access to 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 an intensive intervention 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.

  • Our Mental Health Service is a recovery focused model supporting adults with a persistent and enduring mental health diagnosis, who may otherwise be at risk of homelessness.
 Let us do without hesitation
whatever good lies at our hands 


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