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Helpers needed for next Friday’s Night Shelter appeal

The Wellington Night Shelter is holding a Street Appeal next Friday, the first since the organisation opened in 1970 – and it is calling for helpers.

The appeal is to raise funds for running costs and ongoing refurbishment to update the accommodation facilities accessed by over 300 men every year.

The Wellington Night Shelter provides both housing and support for men experiencing homelessness who are transitioning into sustainable housing environments.

It provides a range of support that includes dormitory style crisis accommodation, transitional hostel style rooms, intensive case work and community based support.

Kirsty Buggins, Director of the Wellington Night Shelter, says that without adequate and stable accommodation, it is difficult to begin the journey of healing, growth and recovery needed to maintain a home and personal well-being.

“This appeal will help us to ensure that the quality of the accommodation that we offer to the men who live with us is of a quality that we would expect for ourselves, our whanau and our loved ones.”

The Wellington Night Shelter reaches full capacity most nights, and is the only provider specialising in working with single men who are experiencing homelessness in the region. Many present with complex mental health and addiction related needs.

Buggins is calling for around 100 people who can volunteer one or two hours to collect for The Shelter during next Friday’s street appeal. She is also looking for people who can organise additional fundraising activities such as office collections and raffles.

Anyone who can help should contact Mel Keith, Community Fundraiser Coordinator, by email at [email protected] or on 027 806 1999.