Sleep out for Tassie’s homeless

SLEEP Out with the Salvos launched its 2018 campaign on Monday 30 July at the Grand Chancellor in Hobart.

The 2018 campaign is aiming to raise $50,000 to keep Hobart’s Street2Home community outreach program to support the homeless in Hobart.

The Salvation Army is seeking people to help it reach its goal in partnership with 50 Hobart residents, all of which will go directly to the Street2Home program.

The sleep out is an educational experience about homelessness in Tasmania, Hobart’s Street2Home program and the daily challenges faced by people on the streets.

Sleep Out with the Salvos is one night of discomfort that we all need to experience.

Street2Home program manager Don McCrae said the importance of raising awareness and money for Street2Home was significant because it was a special Tasmanian service provider for the homeless.

“The program is unique to the Salvation Army Tasmania,” he said.

“Street2Home works with people experiencing primary homelessness through going and meeting them where they are living on the streets and in parks.

“We are the only organisation that is having direct engagement with these people.

“Our Street2Home program helps people to engage with services which can help them in their day to day lives.”

Street2Home directly contacts Hobart’s homeless and connects them to potential accommodation, Centrelink, government libraries, food services and more.

The program is solely funded by the Salvation Army Sleep Out, with all profits raised going towards ensuring there are more support workers on the ground, connecting Hobart’s homeless with essential service providers.

David Hanlon, from Opteon Solutions Hobart, participated in the Sleep Out last year.

“To see and hear about the reality of homelessness in Hobart is a huge eye opener and an experience I will not forget,” he said.

“Thank you to the Salvos for reminding us how lucky we are, letting us know how we can help those in need and how our giving benefits the homeless and therefore our local Tasmanian communities.”

This year’s Sleep Out will include new events to increase awareness of the hidden homeless community in Hobart and to engage the community in helping out.

“This year’s event will have guest speakers talking about their lived experiences, a Q&A panel and a bus tour around the Hobart area, where sleepers will meet some of the people living on the streets,” Mr McCrae said.

Mr McCrae said he hoped the event would challenge people’s preconceived ideas and opinions about homelessness in Tasmania and start proactive conversations about how the community could help.

Since the launch, more than $6,000 of the $50,000 goal has been raised.

The Sleep Out with the Salvos event will run on Thursday 30 August at the Grand Chancellor in Hobart

Caption: From left, MLC Rob Valentine, Hobart Grand Chancellor general manager Ralph Freckleton and Salvation Army’s Bridget Van De Kamp and Mark Foyle.