Canberra shelter hoping to offer homeless men more nights of accommodation Each foakley sunglasses church hall used by the program needs to be fitted with a hardwire smoke detector and certified by a builder at a cost of about $12,000 per venue.
The All Saints Anglican Church in Ainslie has offered its best deals on oakley sunglasses church hall to be used but the program, which is not government funded, needs to find the money to fit it out. There are more than 50 volunteers who give up their time to ensure the halls can open their doors on the coldest of Canberra nights, however Mr Griffiths said more are needed so they can expand the program from its current three nights per week. The benefits of the program go beyond a dry place to kip and a warm mug of Milo by the telly. Mr Griffiths said one man who linked in with their sister service in Queanbeyan last year was able to find long term accommodation through the program. There are benefits for the volunteers too. Lyneham's Naomi Cole began volunteering with Safe Shelter last winter out of frustration at the lack of affordable housing in Canberra and helplessness for people sleeping rough on the streets. "I stop and talk to homeless people quite a lot, and I feel it is really sad when people pretend they don't see a homeless person and walk past them," she said. "They oakley batwolf might have a spot where they usually sleep, but most of them are sleeping with one eye open because it's not safe." She said she knew of one man with bad back problems who rarely got the warm bath that he desperately needed, and had been bashed numerous times while outside at night. Volunteer Geoff Wellington, oakley crosshair 2.0 from Pearce, got involved through his Uniting Church networks, and enjoyed supporting people who had had a hard time.
"I think there are some people who arrive in Canberra expecting that there will be a lot here for them, when there's not," he said. "People who come here don't necessarily understand how cold it is, and when you're homeless, it's not a nice place to be." Mr Wellington said he had learned about the many life experiences beyond peoples' control that lead to homelessness, such as a relationship break up or job loss.
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