The Shoalhaven Homeless Hub received a much needed boost when personnel of the Royal Australian Navy Tactical Electronic Warfare Support Section arrived at their door with boxes of warm winter clothing, toiletries, raised funds and the promise of more to come.
The Hub provides the homeless of Nowra, New South Wales, with the daily basics many take for granted. Basics such as access to a hot shower, a washing machine or a cup of tea and, with over 250 regular clients, demand on their services is constant.
Commanding Officer of the HMAS Albatross unit, Lieutenant Commander Mathew Buckley, said his personnel had not been aware of the vital work of the Homeless Hub until recently.
“We are a relatively small unit but we’re very community minded," he said.
"We raise money through bake-offs, 'mufti' days and other activities and then every few months when we have a sizeable amount we choose a local charity to donate the money to.
“The Hub came to our attention when Petty Officer Shane Halliday informed me that his daughter was very excited about the 'cool' charity her Girl Guides group had been working with.
"I’m very pleased she did, because now that we’ve been there and seen exactly how much a donation like this can assist them, we’d like to continue helping out the Homeless Hub however we can.
“The plight of the homeless, especially with the onset of winter, is distressing to contemplate," Lieutenant Commander Buckley said.
Homeless Hub manager Ms Kerri Snowden said she was overwhelmed by the donation.
“The timing was perfect.
"We’ve had more than 400 people seeking our support in the past six months and we receive very little funding.
"Only yesterday there was such a drain on our food cupboard, it was looking very bare and we had no idea how we were going to replenish it, so this money will do just that.
“There are so many good people in this community,” Ms Snowden said.
“It’s heart warming it really is.”