New life for old mis­sion

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

New mis­sion: Su­per­in­ten­dent Rev John Murray, left, and Corie Had­dock hope a new pro­gramme will break cy­cles of de­pen­dency.

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