The Gold Coast Homeless Connect project was initiated by the Gold Coast Homelessness Network and is now in its 9th year. Homeless Connect is an event that brings together service providers from the government and community sector to create a "one-stop" shop event and provide homeless people with a day that includes recreation, entertainment, personal care (showers, haircuts, healthcare) and access to a range of support services.There is also a donation area where people can access,clothing, food, footwear and toiletries as well as a scrumptious breakfast, morning tea and lunch.
This is an initiative that brings dignity to the homeless and disadvantaged, giving them a day when they can step outside of their circumstances and feel supported and special.
The Homeless Connect project forms part of the Year 11 Christian Studies Service Learning Project and 2017 was yet another successful outreach program and an incredible experience for our Year 11 students as you can read below:
“There will always be poor people in the land. That is why I command you to be ready to help your brother or sister. Give to the poor in your land who need help.” Deuteronomy 15: 11
On Wednesday 2 August (at 6.30 am!!!) thirteen Year 11 students went to Metricon Stadium for the 10th Annual Homeless Connect Day, prepared to use our heads, hands and hearts to serve our Gold Coast poor, homeless and at-risk community. We did this as a part of our Term 3 Christian Studies Service Learning Project.
We set up our stall with food packs, hygiene packs and mountains of blankets, clothes and shoes. These donations were provided by you, our College staff members and students, and the Trinity Lutheran Church community - we are incredibly grateful for the support and thank everyone for their contributions!
At 7.30 am, many people came to our stall in search of blankets and warm jumpers. It was the clothes that helped us to strike up a conversation and enjoy the opportunity to connect - “What size do you need? What kind of clothes do you like?” From there, we heard the stories that had led them to this point – lost jobs and family breakdowns to name just a few. By the end of the day, we felt inspired and grateful for all that we have, and we know that we helped to warm not only our brothers’ and sisters’ shoulders but also their hearts.
We strongly encourage students to give to, serve at and make connections at the Homeless Connect Day in 2018!
Year 11 Christian Studies/ Service Learning Students