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 2021 - $9.3m:
We raised $1,047,780 in the ACT.
- Funds raised from the event will help us continue supporting programs like the Vinnies Night Patrol, St Nick’s Young Carers program and Clemente (a free adult-education program in partnership with the Australian Catholic University) which do not receive any government funding.
- The funds raised will also enable us to offer more comprehensive coverage for services like the Vinnies Night Patrol by adding after-hours case management support and providing additional community emergency, material and financial support infrastructure in under-serviced regional communities like the Far South Coast which fall under the Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn coverage area.
The 2021 Vinnies CEO Sleepout Allocation of funding to homeless services in and around NSW
- Medical Supplies - $30,000
- Support 1 Manager and 4 Registered Nurses' wages - $150,000
Community Engagement Team (Metro):
- Support programs that build connection and develop skills (ie cooking, gardening, art classes, wellbeing programs) - $150,000
- Support 9 staff wages including 1 Team Leader, 1 Centre Coordinator, 6 Activities coordinators and 1 Client engagement officer - $300,000
Matthew Talbot Hostel Woolloomooloo:
- Support food costs to provide 500 hot meals each day - $100,000
- Contribute to wages for 1 kitchen supervisor, 2 cooks and other kitchen staff - $190,000
- Support wages of 2 onsite client support workers who engage and refer to appropriate supports for residents and non-residents - $120,000
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 wages for a cook and food costs to provide meals each day to residents - $90,000
- Support wages for 3 support workers - $190,000
- Support client support costs of accommodation, transport, medical & food - $7500
- Support wages of Team Leader and 3 onsite client support workers who engage and refer to appropriate supports for residents and non-residents – $200,000
Our Lady of the Way:
- Support to cover client support costs of client activities, whitegoods and food - $10,000
- Support wages for 1 Case Worker - $40,000
- Support client support costs - $30,000
- Support wages of 2 onsite client support workers who engage and refer to appropriate supports for residents and non-residents - $ 150,000
John Purcell House Nowra:
- Support client support costs of temporary accommodation, furniture, whitegoods and so on - $25,000
- Support costs of rostering support workers for 24/7 service and case management services - $120,000
- Linen & bedding, laundry, activities & food costs to provide daily meals to residents - $125,000
- Support wages for 1 cook and 4 support workers - $350,000
- Support wages of 2 onsite Client Support and Outreach workers - $150,000
- Support client support costs - $20,000
- Support wages of 3 Client Support, participation and Engagement workers - $165,000
- Support client support costs - $5000
Vinnies Night Patrol:
- Support food costs to provide nourishing food and hot drinks to clients - $50,000
- Support wages for 2 part time Van Assistants - $100,000
Vinnies Van Wollongong:
- Support food costs to provide nourishing food and hot drinks to clients - $5000
- Support wages for 2 part time Van Assistant - $82,769
Vinnies Van Parramatta:
- Support food costs to provide nourishing food and hot drinks to clients - $12,000
- Support wages for 1 part time Van Assistant - $38,000
- Queensland is in the grips of a housing crisis. An influx of people migrating to our state means low-income families are being forced out of their accommodation by sky-rocketing rents. Funds raised through this year’s sleepout will support Vinnies state-wide homelessness services and help vulnerable families keep a roof over their heads during times of crisis.
- The obvious longer-term solution to the housing and affordability problem is to build more appropriate and affordable housing. That’s exactly what you are helping us achieve through your commitment and support of Vinnies CEO Sleepout right here in Queensland. With your support, Vinnies has a vision to deliver 500 additional homes for vulnerable Queenslanders over the next five years.
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.
Where we helped in 2021 with a total of $934,453 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 Refugee and Asylum Seeker Service and Youth programs.
- Funds also go to supporting people who can’t afford the basics by providing emergency financial aid, food, petrol, utilities support and other material aid.
Where we helped in 2021 with a total of $1,357,495 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 2021 with a total of $846,733 in Western Australia
- 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 homelessness.