New life for old mission
One of Auckland’s oldest charities has a new face.
In a ceremony yesterday, Methodist Mission Northern superintendent the Rev John Murray announced the organisation is changing its name.
It will now be known as Lifewise.
Along with the new name comes a new vision for the 157-year-old charity, alongside a new programme addressing homelessness.
Lifewise will encompass all the separate organisations in Auckland that are currently part of Methodist Mission Northern.
The Lifewise Community Centre on Airedale St in the city will be the hub of a new programme designed to address homelessness in Auckland and break cycles of dependency.
The Pathways Out Of Homelessness programme will work with other service providers to help homeless people develop life skills and personal capabilities to move on with their lives.
Rev Murray says unlike previous schemes, the pathways programme is not just about handouts.
“It’s not the traditional model of a soup kitchen.”
He says there are clients at the Airedale centre who have been coming there “for donkey’s years” who often can’t cope when they’re put into housing alone. Through work with other support services, Lifewise will help clients into housing and back into the community.
Community centre manager Corie Haddock says as well as continuing to provide meals, clothing, and showers for homeless clients, Lifewise will be taking things a step further.
“At the moment we’re actively supporting clients to continue to be homeless.”
Mr Haddock says clients going through the court system will also be supported after they appear in court to access the right services such as probation officers and community workers.
Rev Murray says the rebranding of the mission comes after research and a review of service providers for homeless people in Auckland which showed a lack of awareness and conflicting perceptions about the mission’s work.
The charity’s new name and vision were launched at the Auckland Town Hall last night where Housing Minister Maryan Street was the keynote speaker.
New mission: Superintendent Rev John Murray, left, and Corie Haddock hope a new programme will break cycles of dependency.