“I’m trying”- Jessica’s story

One of our former clients has shared her story to encourage others to pause and think about those experiencing homelessness:
“… Many times I had been ripped (off), or my money was stolen, or I was punched and everything was taken, even my blanket. So many times I literally had nothing in the world. There is so much judgement of homeless people… (One morning) I was walking to go get a blanket, some clothes and shoes (because mine had been stolen overnight)… It was raining… All I could hear were people saying “Look at her”, “You think she could change her clothes”, “She’s not even wearing shoes”. I felt like screaming at them “What do you think I’m doing?! I’m going to get clothes and shoes now! Don’t you think I wish I did have other clothes to change into! I’m trying!” Jessica* hopes that her story will inspire others to ask for help if they need it, as it can be hard to take that first step, but the rewards at the end are worth it.
*Jessica is now a proud member of our local community so we have changed her name to ensure that her story is told anonymously.

From tent to a safe and stable home

Anchor recently met a pregnant couple who were sleeping in a tent at a local park.
Our Opening Doors team offered them assistance in obtaining a transitional property just in time for the arrival of their baby.
The couple are so excited that they now have somewhere to bring their baby home to! Wishing this family all the very best for their future, as we continue to work together to secure long term housing options.
If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness in the Yarra Ranges Council, give us a call on 9760 6400.

Working towards our vision…

Anchor recently assisted a transgender client that had been sleeping rough in the city for a number of nights.
We funded accommodation at a local motel until an appropriate crisis option could be found.
Our team worked with Stable One, advocating for our clients, and encouraging the groups to review their processes in order to be a more inclusive service to those from the LGBTIQ community.

Lilydale Library book sale donation

Thanks to Lilydale Library, and everybody that purchased a book at their recent sale. Our Housing and Support Services have received $841.60! These funds will go towards supporting local individuals and families that are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.

Thanks to Sarah!

A huge thanks to our most recent supporter!
Sarah and her friends have collected items to be distributed by local groups. With Mothers Day coming up, these handbags will make great presents for some of the women we are working with. Sarah is proof that one person can make a huge difference to the community! Thank you!

Local support available

If you receive financial support from Centrelink, you may notice changes to your payments due to the Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays. For more details please see the Department of Human Services website: www.humanservices.gov.au/individua…/public-holiday-reporting

If you are finding these changes have had an effect on your household, there are many local groups and organisations that can offer some assistance- Material Aid_matrix (We recommend that you call ahead whenever possible.)

Yarra Ranges Life TV at YHMD2019

Thanks to Yarra Ranges Life TV for their coverage of our Youth Homelessness Matters Day event. Check out the video here.

Thank you to Neal at Holy Fools and Bill Brindle (Labor for Casey) for the great interviews. Hopefully this event helps draw attention to the issue of homelessness in our community.   #YHMD2019

A safe place for young mothers

Anchor offers the Hazel Hams Homes accommodation program for single mothers (18 to 25 years old). We support young women to give them the chance to change their life trajectory, while raising their babies and young children in a safe, stable and nurturing environment.

Since the program’s opening in January 2017 we have continued to see positive outcomes for all of the young families involved. We thank our ongoing supporters that assist us to cover the costs of this independent project (as we have not received any government funding).

Bridget Vallence MP- Member for Evelyn

Thanks to Bridget Vallence MP- Member for Evelyn for meeting with Heidi and Mark.

We love being able to raise awareness about the needs of our community and the many ways we offer support.
If you’d like to learn more about Anchor Inc give us a call on 8761 9040, or send us a message.

Pantry donations needed!

Due to increased demand our pantry supplies are at an all time low.
We have an immediate need for any non-perishable items, particularly UHT milk, baked beans, tinned spaghetti and tuna.
If you are able to donate, please drop goods to our Housing Support Team at Jarlo Drive in Lilydale (level 2- above the library).
Thank you on behalf of the many locals you will be helping us support!
(If you require food or housing assistance, please contact our team on 9760 6400)