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The Word from The Street, Autumn 2018

Daniel's Day Surgery, a great start to the year


This January, Daniel*, a long-time visitor of Hutt St Centre, came to our RDNS Day Centre nurse with concern for an abnormal lump on his head. On examination, it was determined that the lesion would need to be surgically removed. As Daniel could not afford the treatment, nor wait for public health care, his situation was worrying. With the support...

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You have given the gift of sight


With new glasses, Billie* will be able to continue to do what he loves most: read. “If it wasn’t for my reading, I wouldn’t still be here”. Through the support of donors like you, our Day Centre doors are kept open and we can directly help people like Billie access over 18 professional services. One of those services is OneSight,...

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CEO News


While we are well into the New Year, there is still no greater example of how your kindness touches people’s lives than during the Christmas period. For most of us the festive period is a time to relax and enjoy being with our families, but for thousands of people in South Australia, Christmas merely underlines an uncertain future. With no...

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Life without a letterbox, makes connecting complicated


One of the many difficulties facing people experiencing homelessness is not being able to provide a residential address. Postal deliveries can’t be made to a car, a couch, or a footpath, yet being able to be contacted by mail, or able to list a residential address is essential for many key services, job applications and notices. Not having a residential...

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Gavin gains a new start, thanks to your support


Gavin* experienced homelessness and was rough sleeping for over a decade, before he engaged with Hutt St Centre’s Street Crew program in 2017. Gavin was referred to the Aspire Program and is now receiving one-on-one support from a Case Manager, which has changed his life.  Gavin was supported into his own private rental accommodation. Having been a long-term rough sleeper,...

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Moving Day, Neville's joy


Neville* was over the moon on moving day! For Neville, this move means regaining his independence. “I have so much room now. I have a kitchen with enough space to cook for myself!” Life has been tough for Neville. He tragically lost both of his parents and his brother within just a few short years. This loss struck hard, and...

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From little things, big things grow


The self-named ‘Gang Greens’, a group of eager gardeners who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, meet at Hutt St Centre every Friday morning with one mission; to keep Hutt Street looking beautiful. The group heads down Hutt Street—tools in hand—to sweep up leaves, pick up rubbish, and tend to the street’s planter boxes and garden beds. Once their...

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Troy has found a new passion for life, thanks to your help


Troy* is a hard worker. For 20 years, he worked as a chef, successfully working his way up to a head chef position. A year ago, Troy was struggling with his personal life, and felt the pressure of the job was becoming too much. He became severely depressed and quickly spiraled downward, soon finding himself in a position he had...

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Changing lives, one cup at a time


Our Beans Talk Coffee Cart provides valuable training and work experience opportunities helping our clients to become job ready. Program participants not only gain practical hospitality experience, but many say they have also developed a sense of community inclusion and gained confidence, leaving them feeling eager to seek ongoing employment. Over a year, 34 people completed the program. Following their...

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Connections Week


This month, in a first for South Australia, Hutt St Centre will lead a team of skilled volunteers from more than 20 partner agencies to connect with every person sleeping rough in the city as part of the Adelaide Zero Project, aimed at achieving ‘functional zero homelessness’ in Adelaide by 2020. ‘Connections Week’, will see 20 outreach teams from May...

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