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This Christmas, show that you care by supporting VincentCare. We work with people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage, providing support and advocacy when they need it most.

We know that support comes in many different ways and for that reason we have created the 12 Ways of Christmas; 12 different ways you can show your support. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, please visit vincentcare.org.au/donate

We thank you for your support and wish you, your family and friends, a very Merry Christmas.

 

Basic Comforts for Women and Children


mother babyLast year, VincentCare provided 655 women and children with housing, crisis support and case management. Many women and children escaping family violence will be spending Christmas at Olive's Place - a high-security refuge accommodation where women and children receive intensive support. Support women and children escaping family violence this Christmas by donating some basic comforts and help make them a little more comfortable as they work towards safe and independent living arrangements.

Read more about the connection between family violence and homelessness.

What We Need: New manchester including bed linen and towels.

What to Do: Gifts can be delivered to Northern Community Hub, 175 Glenroy Rd, Glenroy, or for more information call 03 9304 0100.

 

Toiletry Essentials for Men


christmas manEvery year, more than 400 people seek assistance from our resource and drop-in centre in North Melbourne. The centre provides essential services for people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage, including a daily meal service, an emergency relief food pantry, shower and laundry facilities, recreational facilities and onsite health services. We are seeking men's toiletries to provide to our clients and visitors to help them maintain their dignity and self-worth.

Watch the video of VincentCare client volunteer, Garry, sharing his experience of homelessness on ABC's The Drum.

What We Need: Toiletry bags, toiletry gift sets, shaving gear, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, combs, thongs (sizes 8-12), socks and jocks (S, M, L, XL, XXL), gift vouchers (Kmart, Coles, Myer).

What to Do: Gifts can be delivered to Ozanam Community Centre, 268 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne, or for more information call 03 9329 6733.

Special Instructions: Please do not wrap the gifts.

 

Gift Cards for Women


mother daugter decorating christmas treeVincentCare's Marian Community assists women and children who are experiencing, or have experienced, family violence to live safely and independently in the community. It does this by responding to the individual needs of each client in a flexible, non-judgemental and holistic way with a focus on providing real opportunities to make a path out of violent relationships.

By providing gift cards you will empower women who are escaping family violence to make purchases for themselves and their children as they work towards safe and independent living arrangements.

Read more about Marian Community and why Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year.

What We Need: Gift cards from Coles, Woolworths, Kmart or Target.

What to Do: Gift cards can be delivered to Hume Community Hub, 144 Welsford St, Shepparton, or for more information call 03 5821 9458.

 

Gift of Connecting


derick anies 120213 unsplashFor those who are isolated from family and friends, Christmas can be a lonely time. Help someone experiencing homelessness or disadvantage to connect with their loved ones this Christmas with a gift of mobile phone credit.

Read about how a mobile phone can be a lifeline for a person experiencing homelessness.

What We Need: Mobile phone recharge vouchers.

What To Do: Gifts can be delivered to Ozanam Community Centre, 268 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne, or for more information call 03 9329 6733.

 

Message of Support


holding hands rainbowFor many of us, Christmas is about spending time with our loved ones. However, Christmas can be a difficult time for LGBTIQ people who fear they won't be accepted by their family or who have been rejected because of their gender identity and sexuality. Show your support for LGBTIQ people and display a Rainbow Flag at your Christmas lunch or dinner and show your support and acceptance.

Read about VincentCare's journey to Rainbow Tick accreditation.

What to Do: Print a Rainbow Flag and display it at your Christmas lunch or dinner. You can download and print a free Rainbow Flag from Wikimedia Commons here.

 

Give a Social Outing


young boy cinemaVictoria is known for its sport, music, cultural and art events. Individuals and families who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness often find events and activities such as these difficult to afford. Share your love of Victoria with a gift voucher to experience one of Victoria's many wonderful events and activities.

Read about a father and son enjoying a day out at the Royal Melborne Show thanks to a generous donation.

What We Need: Movie tickets, bowling vouchers, museum or art gallery entry tickets.

What to Do: Gifts can be delivered to Ozanam Community Centre, 268 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne, or for more information call 03 9329 6733.

 

Donate to our Ozanam House Redevelopment


Oz House Outside DevelopmentDue for completion in March 2019, the new facility in North Melbourne will be a world-class, modern and safe location where people experiencing homelessness are given every opportunity to access housing, health and social support services relevant to their individual needs. We have secured the funding needed to complete the accommodation components but financial support is still needed from the community to enable the full fitout of our co-located Homeless Resource Centre.

Visit vincentcare.org.au/redevelopment to learn more about the project and to donate online.

What To Do: Make an online donation by visiting vincentcare.org.au/donate

 

Art Supplies


art therapyOzanam House and Ozanam Community Centre provide art therapy to clients who are recovering from homelessness, giving them the opportunity to express themselves creatively and to experience a positive connection. A donation of art supplies will enable us to continue to provide this valuable means of creative expression to our clients.

Read more about using art as therapy.

What We Need: Paper, packets of pencils, coloured markers, paints, and colouring books for adults.

What to Do: Gifts can be delivered to Ozanam Community Centre, 268 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne, or for more information call 03 9329 6733.

 

Give Mobility and Independence


young man waiting for trainPeople experiencing homelessness and disadvantage may not be able to afford the costs associated with using public transport. Give the gift of mobility and independence by donating pre-loaded myki cards.

Read about how public transport and mobility is critical to recovery from homelessness.

What We Need: myki cards pre-loaded with money.

What to Do: Gifts can be delivered to Ozanam Community Centre, 268 Abbotsford St, North Melbourne, or for more information call 03 9329 6733.

Special Instructions: Please do not register the cards.

 

Join our New School Engagement Program


school children teenagers laughingGive your school a great start in 2019 by registering your interest to be part of our new school engagement program, which includes volunteering, advocacy and fundraising. We are looking for schools that want to partner with us in 2019 to educate the community about housing and homelessness.

Read about how students from Catholic Regional College in Sydenham helped people facing disadvantage and homelessness.

What To Do: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your school to be the first to hear about our new school volunteering and advocacy program, which will be launched after the opening of Ozanam House in March 2019.

 

Join our Corporate Volunteering and Workplace Program


NAB volunteers webGive your workplace a gift for 2019 by registering your interest to be part of our corporate volunteering and workplace program. We are looking for dynamic workplaces that want to partner with us to provide skills and support to ensure VincentCare continues to lead the way in providing housing and support services that enable people to recover from homelessness.

Find out more about corporate volunteering at VincentCare.

What To Do:  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your workplace to be the first to hear about our new corporate engagement program, which will be launched after the opening of Ozanam House in March 2019.

 

Give Thanks to the Traditional Owners of this Land


aboriginal flagBefore your Christmas lunch or dinner, pay your respect with a Welcome to Country or an Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners statement. This recognises the continuing connection of Aboriginal Traditional Owners to their Country. 

Find out more about VincentCare support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

What To Do: Visit the Victorian Government website for information on Welcomes to Country and Acknowledgements of Traditional Owners as well as an interactive map tool that will tell you who the Traditional Owners of an area are.