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Hutt St Centre

The meaning of family

Posted by Hutt St Centre on 2023-03-09

Many of the people who walk through Hutt St Centre’s doors affectionately call this place ‘the family house’. 

We love this nickname because it means we’re doing something right.

People feel safe, comfortable and welcome here. They can come in for a hot shower and a nourishing meal, pop on a load of washing, then sit down and have a friendly conversation with some familiar faces.

And, just like a good family should, we hold each other to account. We don’t always agree, but we do want the best for one another. And we’re proud of the way we lift each other up when times are tough.

Often, the people here at Hutt St Centre are the only family someone’s got.

For people experiencing homelessness, the meaning of ‘family’ can be complex. Many have experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma at the hands of their family of origin. Sometimes, mental health and addiction issues have caused family rifts, leading to relationship breakdowns, estrangement and isolation.

But a family should be a safe haven you can turn to in your darkest hour. A place where you’re accepted and loved, just as you are. Where you are seen, heard, and valued.

So, for people who’ve become disconnected from their family – or who never really had one to begin with – we invite you to find the sense of belonging you deserve right here, with us.

A special shout-out to our wonderful team of staff and volunteers who really do offer a place of connection and support, without judgement.

And thank you to our incredible community of supporters – your kindness makes this place possible.