Homelessness can and does happen to anyone.
Hutt St Centre is a place of hope and opportunity, helping people facing homelessness to rebuild their lives, without judgement.
Each year Hutt St Centre serves over 40,000 meals and offers social work and support services to nearly 2,000 people. Showers, laundry facilities, visiting health professionals, an aged city living program for our older clients, recreation activities, education and training, legal aid and assistance with finding housing are all services provided to the 200 plus homeless people who visit Hutt St Centre each day.
Homeless but not helpless
Hutt St Centre believes in a society that provides all humans no matter their race, status, or conditions, equal opportunities in order to live a full life. Inadequate education and employment opportunities, lack of affordable housing, poverty and inequitable access to health care, are just some of the structural factors which marginalise homeless people in our society.
We believe that together, we have a responsibility to care for those who suffer as a result of the inequities and to change those structures so everyone can benefit from the resources the community has to offer. We take up those challenges by working directly with the homeless population and being a voice for systematic change.
Hutt St Centre is a place where people who are experiencing homelessness can change their lives forever.
At Hutt St Centre people are nurtured, respected, encouraged and supported to make choices, build skills, and connect with others to create a new beginning. We care.
Hutt St Centre is a work of the Daughters of Charity. Our work is built on respect for individuals, their dignity and choices, responsiveness to their needs, and living our beliefs through excellence in service provision.
With creativity, love, respect, friendship and faith we work to inspire people experiencing homelessness to achieve their full potential.
Working in partnership with our clients, we meet peoples' immediate needs for meals, showers, health, counselling and legal services. But we do more. We provide case management, housing support and life skills through education, training and employment services because we know this offers a pathway out of homelessness.
The core values of the Daughters of Charity guide us to:
- Advocate for the poor
- Value spirituality
- Encourage simplicity
- Provide quality service
- Respect each person