The state’s largest drop-in and support centre for the homeless, 139 Club, is set to extend its services from five to seven days a week.
The state’s largest drop-in and support centre for the homeless, 139 Club, is set to extend its services from five to seven days a week, as part of a year long pilot program thanks to a $340,000 donation from The Hand Heart Pocket - the Charity of Freemasons Queensland.
Sara Harrup, 139 Club CEO, said: “Homelessness is a daily struggle that doesn’t go away on the weekends. Being open seven days will enable us to provide more continuity of support and reach those we may not reach on other days, meaning those sleeping rough in Brisbane will no longer be left to get by on their own over the weekend.”
Hand Heart Pocket CEO, Gary Mark, said maximising the efforts of organisations that are at the coal face was central to the decision to provide funding to the 139 Club. “Support of the homeless and marginalised members of our community aligns with Hand Heart Pocket’s values, which are about alleviating suffering and misfortune to empower people to lead better lives.”
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