While offering more room to expand their services than their previous home in a former butcher’s shop, there is still plenty of work to be done on the House of Welcome’s new home at a converted convent in South Granville.
THE House Of Welcome has turned to crowd funding to help with the cost of the moving to a larger building in Granville which will let them to meet an increasing demand on their services from asylum seekers.
CEO Lyn Harrison said that since 2001, the registered charity has assisted over 16,000 people through providing case work, accommodation, English lessons, financial assistance, food and household necessities, community activities and employment assistance.
However she said as a result of recent policy changes, some people seeking asylum, were being denied access to Medicare, Centrelink and any government funded support services, with many also being denied the right to work.
"These policy changes are forcing families into destitution and directly impacting the mental health and wellbeing of those we help," she said.
"People seeking asylum need our help now, more than ever."
Mrs Harrison and her team have projected the organisation will need to increase service capacity by 30 per cent in order to meet the needs of an influx of affected clients.
As volunteers and staff settle into their new home in a disused convent at 197 The Trongate, there is still plenty of work to do including telecommunications cabling, basic plumbing and office furniture.
To support the House of Welcome campaign, visit https://chuffed.org/project/the-house-of-welcome-needs-a-new-home.