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“Just to have somebody remember your name, and your face, [and] what they know of your story - it is dignifying. It shows a respect that is non-existent throughout a homeless person’s day.”
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What is ‘experiencing’ homelessness?
The 2016 census found that 116,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness. That’s one in 200 people. Homelessness in Australia is not defined by living on the street.
It can take just a couple of things going wrong – medical issues, domestic or family violence, unexpected bills, loss of a job or the breakdown of a relationship – to lead someone to experience homelessness.
However, homelessness is not who a person is, it is simply a point in time that they are currently ‘experiencing’.
Why is connection important?
People who experience homelessness are often disconnected from their community.
This means there is less opportunity for human connection, something we all need, and support is harder to come by because disconnection from the community translates into disconnection from people and services that can help.
Where does my money go?
Orange Sky operates 35 services across 25 locations in Australia, and has 2000 volunteers and hundreds of friends who rely on us to be at the same place at the same time every week.
The money you raise supports our vans to stay on the road and makes sure our volunteers have everything they need to do the things they do best.