As winter is now upon us, we are preparing once again to meet the increasing demand we see upon our services at this time of year as families doing it tough find their resources stretched to the limit by rising housing costs and (particularly at this time of year) increased utility costs. Add to this the additional complexities of relationship breakdown, health problems or social isolation and you have a complex web of challenges that can take people to the brink.
Fortunately, as we gear up to meet these needs, we once more see the parishes and people of the Sydney Anglican Diocese stepping up and giving of their time and resources to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of those who come to us seeking help.
Hundreds of volunteers have been mobilised in church-run community collection days gathering donated food and household items that can be distributed through our emergency relief centres. At our new warehouse facility in Villawood, we have the ability to sort, pack, stack and distribute food hampers to a greater degree that we ever have before.
However, meeting the immediate presenting need for food is just the beginning. Our real desire is to work closely with our clients to address the causes of the complex needs they face and equip and empower them to become self-sufficient once more. To do this, we look also to our supporters at this time of year to give generously to our annual Winter Appeal so that a life of meaning, hope and opportunity might not remain out of reach for those we seek to love and serve in Jesus’ name.
Thank you for your prayers, for your words of encouragement, and your ongoing financial commitment to the work of Anglicare Sydney – your Home Mission Society.
Grant Millard, Anglicare CEO