Winter Night Shelter Pilot Project

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This project will run for thirteen weeks between 3 June and 1 September 2017 and will provide crisis shelter accommodation for up to fifteen men and women experiencing homelessness in the Yarra Ranges. It offers a safe, caring, community environment for guests to receive refreshment, care, hope and rest with:

  • a warm welcome
  • an evening meal
  • the opportunity to socialise and enjoy community
  • the option to wash or shower
  • a cozy, comfortable bed
  • a light breakfast
  • help to link into other services/agencies

The project is managed by Stable One in partnership with local churches. It will operate entirely with volunteers who have been vetted and have received some training. Seven church buildings with kitchen and toilet facilities, as well as large rooms for dormitories are being utilised. Each take one night each week on a rotation basis.

In order to provide a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, all guests will undergo risk-assessment before being invited to the Shelter for the night. Alcohol and illicit drug use will not be permitted and guests will not be admitted if they are substance affected. Children will not be eligible for the Shelter and under 25s will only be permitted after careful evaluation. Once invited, guests will be given the opportunity to book in on a daily basis for the Shelter at breakfast each morning. To organise a risk assessment call: 1800 431 244

This is a low-cost project, run solely by volunteers. Funds have been raised for insurance, printing and stationery, laundry and purchasing equipment:

  • stretcher beds
  • sheets
  • blankets
  • pillows
  • pillow cases
  • pillow protectors
  • towels
  • toiletries
  • trailer to move and store equipment
  • fuel
  • laundry
  • printing/office costs

Watch this short video of a similar project in the UK to get an idea of how the evening would go: