Hunter Homeless Connect benefits from Lord Mayor’s prayer breakfast support

Hunter Homeless Connect benefits from Lord Mayor’s prayer breakfast support

A local organisation that provides vital support to people who are experiencing homelessness or doing it tough is the beneficiary of the 2021 Annual Lord Mayor Prayer Breakfast.

Hunter Homeless received a cheque for $15,155 from Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes on Thursday last week after Newcastle’s church and businesses community united at the annual early-morning fundraiser at NEX Newcastle.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said she was thrilled to present the funds to such a worthy organisation that contributes immensely to improving the lives of people every day.

“Hunter Homeless Connect does invaluable work connecting vulnerable people in our community with vital services and support,” Nuatali said.

“The funds raised will go towards the Hunter Homeless Connect Community Directory and Connecting the Hunter program to allow Hunter Homeless Connect to continue to deliver on its mission during the pandemic and in the face of the current housing crisis.

The Annual Lord Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast brings together more than 400 like-minded people and organisations to celebrate shared values that benefit the community.

“These values unite us and help all Newcastle residents, irrespective of their background. By joining together in compassion, respect, tolerance, justice and equity we can achieve great things for our city,” she said.

“I thank Pastor Rick Prosser and Maria Thomas from Kingdomworks, and the many others who made this year’s event such a success.”

Chair of Hunter Homeless Connect, Jenn O’Sullivan said the financial boost will allow the local organisation to maintain its highly valued welfare programs and will provide opportunities to expand.

“We are so grateful to receive such incredible support from the Newcastle community through the Lord Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast,” Jenn said.

“Hunter Homeless Connect provides a dignified and practical way for people experiencing homelessness, to identify inclusive and welcoming environments, have access to services and connection to members of the community without judgment.

“From humble beginnings in 2009, the annual Hunter Homeless Connect Day has gone from strength to strength, providing direct, on-the-ground resources and support to those doing it tough such as food, clothing, bedding, phone cards, free haircuts and health services and much more.”

The Hunter Homeless Connect Community Directory helps people find community and government services, accommodation providers, food banks, emergency relief and financial assistance.

“Without the support of this event and the Newcastle community, Hunter Homeless Connect would not be able to be there for those most vulnerable in our community,” Jenn said.

The Annual Lord Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is a gathering of churches, charities, businesses, and community leaders. Since the event began in 2009, more than $100,000 has been raised for local charities.

IMAGE | Pastor Rick Prosser, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, Alyson Segrott, Hunter Homeless Connect Chair, Jenn O’Sullivan, David Couri, and Michelle Faithfull (left-right).

Hunter Homeless Connect

Home matters. Help matters. Hope matters.

Hunter Homeless Connect (HHC) is a not for profit organisation working to build an inclusive community with zero judgement.

Supported by a community coalition of government and non-government services and volunteers, HHC supports people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

Initially founded by community services volunteers in 2009, HHC holds an annual Connect Day where people can access a one-stop-shop of services, including free haircuts, massages, immunisations, birth certificates, bedding, phone cards, food, and clothing. Its popular Community Directory of Services is handed out at each event but is now distributed ongoing and is available online.

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