Campaign shares dignity
Community centre’s mission for those sleeping rough
FALLING on hard times can happen to the best of the population.
Staff at the Caloundra Community Centre see a wide demographic of people walking through their door, many who just need a helping hand to get back on top of things.
Others may have found themselves in a position of homelessness, which is where their new street swag campaign becomes all the more important.
Community Development Worker Jody Blackburn said the campaign is about giving homeless people the dignity they deserve.
“We have a lot of different people that come to the centre regularly for all sorts of issues,” she said.
“We do see a lot of people doing it tough financially and a lot of people find themselves homeless.
“Some people have a car but some people don’t have anything at all.
“Some people have had multiple houses have been quite wealthy and something has happened that has changed everything and they’ve ended up in a position they thought they’d never be in.
“It’s about some dignity for the person as these swags are designed to not show that this person is homeless.”
The street swags cost $80 each but offer the person receiving them a safety net they may have not had before.
“What really drew me to them (Street Swags) was how they work – they’re particularly community minded,” she said.
Donations for the swags can be made via www. caloundra community centre .org. For more information, visit streetswags.org/ street-swags.
MAKING CHANGE: Caloundra Community Centre staff Tomas Passeggi and Kim Davis kick off the fundraising campaign for Street Swags.
LENDING A HELPING HAND: Tomas Passeggi ramping up fundraising efforts for street swags.