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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 experiencing homelessness.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout's impact in 2017 - $5.6m:

Where we helped in 2017 with a total of $456,000

  • Assisted over 13,795 people who are at risk of homelessness through emergency assistance and home visits
  • Provided over 11,475 instances of support to people on the streets of Canberra through the Night Patrol Van – including refreshments, warm essential items, and information on referral services
  • Delivered over 47,000 meals through the Blue Door drop-in centre
  • Assisted 83 people to access tertiary education through the Clemente program, offered in partnership with the Australian Catholic University (ACU)
  • Provided over 317 instances of support to young carers with respite and recreation through the St Nick’s Young Carers program

Where we helped in 2017 with a total of $1,780,000

Matthew Talbot Health Clinic (Sydney)

  • Medical supplies - $25,000
  • Support 4 Registered Nurses - $95,000

Ozanam Learning Centre (Sydney)       

  • Education programs - $20,000
  • Living skills, women’s engagement activities, and art programs -$80,000
  • Support 2 counsellors, 5 activities officers, 1 program manager - $300,000

Matthew Talbot Hostel(Sydney) – men’s homeless shelter

  • Support food costs to provide 620 hot meals each day - $140,000
  • Catering and nutrition support - $160,000

Freeman House Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation (Armidale)    

  • Support food costs to provide meals each day to residents -$100,000
  • Support counsellors and other support and programs - $150,000

Our Lady of the Way (Sydney) - Women’s Refuge

  • Client Activities - $10,000
  • Cover temporary accommodation, furniture, whitegoods and medical - $30,000
  • Counsellors, support workers and case management specialists - $100,000

Edel QuinnHomeless Shelter (Wagga Wagga) homelessness shelter and learning centre

  • Food, linen & bedding, and activities - $30,000
  • Support wages for catering and support workers - $170,000

Hastings Accommodation Solutions (HAS) (Port Macquarie) – accommodation support service

  • Cover temporary accommodation, furniture, whitegoods - $10,000
  • Case management and counsellors - $110,000

John Purcell House (Nowra) – high needs and complex men’s homelessness shelter    

  • Cover temporary accommodation, furniture, whitegoods - $20,000
  • Support workers for 24/7 service and case management services - $220,000

Where we helped in 2017 with a total of $59,000

  • Helped 1,829 people experiencing poverty through emergency assistance and home visits.
  • Provided 5,200 nutritious meals through the Ozanam House.
  • Provided 208 people with safe and secure long term accommodation.

Where we helped in 2017 with a total of $1,006,000

  • Provided 1,040 people with safe, secure and affordable accommodation
  • Supplied $6.5 million worth of housing for families at risk of homelessness due to family and domestic violence (this was achieved with funds raised from previous CEO Sleepouts)
  • Assisted 306,831 people experiencing poverty through our emergency assistance and home visits
  • Helped fund the Cornerstone program – an early intervention service on the Gold Coast supporting people at risk of homelessness

Where we helped in 2017 with a total of $635,000

  • Provided 17,155 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 60,057 South Australians experiencing poverty through emergency assistance and home visits
  • Established a new 20 room crisis centre for women and their children in Adelaide
  • Assisted 9,843 people through the Migrant and Refugee Centre

Where we helped in 2017 with a total of $132,000

  • Supplied 32,850 nutritious meals through Bethlehem House.
  • Provided 1,870 meals, over conversation, through Dining with Friends and Feasting with Friends.
  • Delivered 17,520 meals through Loui’s Van and Van Vinnies
  • Presented 60 coats to help people get through the cold Tasmanian winter.

Where we helped in 2017 with a total of $788,000

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2017 in Victoria raised money for our soup vans, a mobile food service that operates every day of the year providing food and friendship to people experiencing disadvantage and homelessness. Thanks to our generous participants and donors, Vinnies was able to replace our ageing fleet with eight new soup vans.

Where we helped in 2017 with a total of $605,000

  • Provided 375 safe nights of sleep for people in need through our direct homelessness services
  • Offered 276 nights of emergency accommodation to people who have called us in a crisis
  • Provided 3,453 nights of accommodation for individuals living with a severe mental illness who would otherwise find themselves without shelter
  • Helped 1,335 people at risk of eviction remain in their homes and get their circumstances back on track
  • Allowed 315 young people access essential support services through operation of two resource centres
  • Provided 844 safe nights of sleep to young people who are at risk or experiencing homelessness in our youth specific housing
 You don’t reduce inequality by turning your back
on people who are pushed into poverty 


– Dr John Falzon (CEO, Vinnies Australia)