Many questions come to mind when we think of of those in alternate housing situations:
- What does Emergency Housing look like?
- How much does it cost?
- What is the experience of people who live there?
- Why are they there in the first place?
The reality is that some families pay up to $270 to live in a one double bed uninsulated caravan with outdoor shared amenities in a caravan park. There is a huge shortage of affordable housing in New Zealand, leaving over 5000 individuals on the waiting list for state housing. As families turn to alternate housing situations such as caravan parks. they find that there is no official warrant of fitness for the type of housing available.
Amidst the busyness of exams, sports and everyday life, it was moving to witness the commitment of the Sancta Maria Vinnies as they turned up for their Vinnies input session on Emergency Housing..
Over the next few weeks these Vinnies will be volunteering at a local Emergency Housing facility to run a “Buddies After-School program for children. Today they spent learning about the types and in and outs of Emergency housing and also of the realities of why people end up in these places. We hope and pray that this Buddies Program will build connections and make a difference.
STAYING GROUNDED THROUGH CONNECTION
Over the last couple of weeks, the young women of the McAuley High School Vinnies have dedicated their evenings to live out their theme of service in a real and relevant way at James Liston Hotstel – a local emergency housing centre. The purpose in which they have served has enhanced this community in a way that is both precious and life-giving. We are very thankful for the staff of McAuley High School, who continually support the students initiative. We continue to ask for God’s blessings in all your journey of service.
CARING FOR THE YOUTH.
These fine young women met today to coordinate the final plans for the Children’s Picnic they will hosting for the little ones who are currently in foster care. Marist College will be hosting and working in collarboration with St Peter’s College to host this wonderful day.
LEARNING ABOUT OURSELVES AND THOSE WE CARE ABOUT
This evening the Vinnies Youth team, as part of their professional development attended a workshop on the the adolescent brain presented by the CEO of Brainwave trust Sue Wright.
They learnt some really amazing truths about how adolescents brains tick in a completely different way and why. It makes so much sense now why they all want stay up all night at camp, why they are so buzzy and cool! It was lovely to be together as a team again.
TOGETHER WE STAND CONNECTED
The journey of Tertiary Vinnies continue as they take today as an opportunity to connect with themselves and others. Today 14 students from the University of Auckland spent a day in Mission Bay for a retreat, reflecting on their ministry and call in today’s society. Sister Christina of the Lady of Mission facilitated the retreat, providing a platform for support and self-awareness.
Today the Vinnies leaders from St Dominic’s College and Liston College had a planning meeting with Jeanne Warmington the Practice Manager for Montececelia Trust and members of Western Village steering Committee. They have begun the conversation to initiate programmes that will allow the Vinnies to work alongside and build connections with children residing in a local caravan park in Ranui and around the West Auckland area. We are very excited about this new initiative .
Liston College – Theme: “Vulnerability”
A poignant visit with the students of Liston College today as they “Unpack the reality” through a team activity. The young men were astounded by what they discovered… how many different lives are impacted by the poverty cycle and unforseen circumstances. The Liston College thus learned that you can never assume you know poverty simply by face value. We look forward to how the journey will unfold in the term ahead.
Picture below: students taking part in an activity to better understand stereotypes against those considered ‘Vulnerable’.
CARING FOR THE YOUNGER ONES
Vinnies have launched an initiative to run an Afterschool Programme for young people @ Monte Celia Emergency Housing Facility in Mangere South Auckland. The hope is to have Vinnies volunteers from the 3 South Auckland Catholic College rostered on every week to help out.
Today the De La Salle College crew took the time to meet, greet and connect with these awesome young people. Everyone had so much fun playing games, engaging in different activities and sharing some well earned afternoon tea snacks.
We look forward to the journey that is ahead and we are thankful to the management team for the invitation to set up this initiative