27 March 2020
Thank YOU for your kindness and care during these unprecedented times - people experiencing homelessness need your compassion and support more than ever.
The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak creates an uncertain time for everyone, and we understand that the unfolding and serious nature of this virus is causing significant concern in the community. Our thoughts are with people who have been impacted here in Australia and around the world.
Hutt St Centre is currently reviewing and adapting our response to COVID-19 in relation to provision of services to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Additionally, we are addressing work, health and safety guidelines for staff, volunteers, and donor engagement programs to ensure people remain safe.
We are following the advice of the Australian Government, SA Health and the Australian Government Department of Health. Our immediate focus is on risk mitigation and preventative procedures. We will be focusing on critical activities and ensuring our clients are as prepared as possible in this current environment.
As our services are a critical part of people’s lives, we will continue to provide essential wellbeing services to our clients.
Hutt St Centre’s Operations Leadership Group monitor and respond to official advice as it becomes available. With so much uncertainty, we acknowledge more changes may be made in the near future, and potentially rapidly. We are conscious this can be stressful for all, and decisions will be made to keep people as safe as possible.
Essential services including meals, showers, laundry, lockers and access to onsite medical services (RDNS nurse and GP) are available to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Case management and welfare check-ins are ongoing.
Non-essential activities such art group, cooking classes, group activities and excursions have been scaled back or cancelled to comply with government health authorities’ guidelines.
Donated goods due to these unprecedented times, we have taken the additional measures of closing our Opshop, and have stopped accepting donated items including clothing and household items. We can accept of donations of food. You can find items we are currently in need of here.
Staff, volunteers and visitors to the Centre are being asked to practice good hygiene and social distancing (recommended 1.5m distance), and if unwell not attend the Centre and follow official health guidelines. Where possible, meetings are being held virtually.
How you can help
We are incredibly grateful for the concern, compassion and desire to help people experiencing homelessness during this time.
The items, urgency and amount we need is changing incredibly quickly. At this time, and in following health authorities’ guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we must protect the health of you, our supporters, our clients, staff and volunteers – and kindly ask that if you are in a position to assist to make a donation. This enables us to ensure we have the items we need, when we need them, for the people we are supporting. It also reduces visits to the supermarket, and visitors to the Centre.
Your generosity and kindness will help keep our doors open, essential services available and enable us to support people experiencing homelessness the best way we can, in a rapidly changing environment. Thank You.