Two local charities that provide assistance to vulnerable Sunshine Coast locals are set to benefit from the generosity of the Buderim Foundation Thompson Charitable Fund
Aus Living Support, which helps vulnerable residents find more permanent housing, will benefit from a $50,000 grant, while Gateway Care at Caloundra is receiving a $101,500 grant to provide food vouchers to its clients throughout 2024.
Buderim Foundation chair Rod McKinnon says Aus Living Support assists the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless by helping with rent relief.
“Housing affordability and the cost of living are issues affecting more and more people in our community and the Buderim Foundation is pleased to be able to work with organisations providing real relief for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness,” Mr McKinnon says.
Aus Living Support CEO Ian Harrison says the $50,000 grant will assist 200 families in the region across a one-year period.
Mr Harrison says Aus Living Support started in 2019 and operates op shops in Maroochydore and Nambour, using those funds, plus grants, to provide a rental supplement scheme.
“We provide up to $200 a week of rental or mortgage support for families for an initial period of up to three months,” Mr Harrison says.
He says clients are often single mothers, some re-establishing themselves and their children after escaping domestic violence.
Often, they are away from the support of families and friends.
“This rental support gives our clients a chance to breathe, regroup and gain the courage to face the challenges so they can again support themselves and their children,” Mr Harrison says.
“We are so grateful for the support of the Buderim Foundation Thompson Charitable Fund.
“This is the second grant we have received, and it makes a real difference to us and allows us to support more families in need as they face the next steps to rebuilding their lives.”
Gateway Care is a not-for-profit organisation providing food, clothing and essential goods for Centrelink registered clients from its Food Distribution Centre at Caloundra.
Gateway Care chair Lani Refiti says the charity supports about 300 welfare recipient families daily, with 20 per cent of those facing severe financial crisis.
“We currently spend approximately $15,000 per week on food items, ensuring that families in need have access to vital nourishment, and over 50 per cent of these purchases are freely delivered to Sunshine Coast families experiencing financial difficulties,” Mr Refiti says.
The Buderim Foundation has been the Trustee for the Thompson Charitable Fund since April 2021, providing more than $610,000 to support people experiencing homelessness and financial distress on the Sunshine Coast.