LOCAL café and restaurant Whisk & Co has partnered with The Salvation Army to help the growing number of people sleeping rough in Hobart.
Identifying the significant need for sleeping gear during the colder months, owner Danny Veis is donating 10 cents from each coffee sold to The Salvation Army in support of its ‘Street to Home’ program.
Thanks to staff tips and donations from the local community, $1,600 worth of sleeping bags were recently handed over to Salvation Army corps officer Captain Johnmark Snead for immediate dispatch onto the streets.
Mr Veis said there was strong community spirit behind the drive and many of his customers had personally contributed to the funds raised.
“I figure we are so lucky, we just need to give back,” he said.
During the presentation of the sleeping bags, Captain Snead recognised the community of Lenah Valley that had supported the Whisk & Co idea.
He said partnerships with local businesses were critical to providing local solutions to local needs.
The Salvation Army’s Street to Home program is the front-line contact on the streets with homeless people.
It offers an initial point of contact that leads to the organisation supporting nearly 700 homeless people with more than 23,000 “bed nights” of accommodation last financial year.
The program relies entirely on public support through individuals, businesses and annual fundraiser, ‘Sleeping Out With The Salvos’, which is set to take place in August.
Sleeping Out With the Salvos gives people the opportunity to lie down and support the Salvos program by raising money while experiencing one night on the streets.
The night includes activities that educate about homelessness, the opportunity to sleep out in the cold (outside the Hotel Grand Chancellor), and leverage peer networks to raise much needed funds.
For more information on Sleeping Out With The Salvos or to register or donate, visit www.salvationarmy.org.au/sleepout.
Caption: Owner of Whisk & Co Lenah Valley Danny Veis, left, with Salvation Army corps officer Captain Johnmark Snead.