Show­ers hot topic for home­less

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS - Jill Burgess

DAILY hot show­ers are taken for granted by most peo­ple.

But not for all, a fact that in­spired City of Man­durah Coun­cil­lor Lynn Rodgers to do some­thing about it.

At the open­ing of the new Tuart Av­enue Street to Home Ser­vice, Mrs Rodgers told the story of a home­less woman in Man­durah who col­lected her son from school, rode the trains all night to Wellington Street where they could have a hot shower and wash his school uni­form, and then re­turned to Man­durah.

The story re­ally got to Mrs Rodgers, who found there were no pub­lic hot show­ers in Man­durah.

The Street to Home Ser­vice of­fers the home­less a free hot shower, men­tor­ing, re­fer­rals, friend­ship, clean tow­els, sham­poo and cof­fee, and is run by vol­un­teers.

“Peo­ple ask ev­ery day where they can have a hot shower,’’ Ms Rodgers said.

“It’s some­thing we take for granted and I hope the idea spreads through­out WA.’’

Man­durah MLA David Tem­ple­man paid trib­ute to Mrs Rodgers.

“With­out peo­ple like Lynn, we would not have a place like this,’’ he said.

“We should never be ashamed to show com­pas­sion (and never) os­tracise peo­ple who do not have the same val­ues as our­selves.

“Putting up your hand in friend­ship is more im­por­tant.”

The hub is in the for­mer Angli­care/Fin­u­care build­ing be­hind Man­durah Li­brary. It is open Mon­day and Wed­nes­day from 9am to noon.

Man­durah Coun­cil­lor Merv Darcy, Mayor Rhys Wil­liams and coun­cil­lors Fred Riebel­ing, Caro­line Knight and Lynn Rodgers in one of the Street to Home Ser­vice’s show­ers.

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