Dealer Principal Gary Evans donated a copier to Pete’s Place and the difference it has made to the day-to-day running of the office and ability for staff to help and support their clients has been amazing.
Pete’s Place (St Vincent de Paul) is a drop-in service for people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness. Originally set up as a basic needs service providing laundry, showers and breakfast, Pete’s Place has now expanded. Now equipped with an engagement hub with access to free professional in reach medical services such as Galambila, mental health, HARP and Frankly Healthcare (NFP).
Pete’s Place manager, Anna Scott explains “We are seeing up to 60 people experiencing homelessness at Pete’s Place each day. We have no government funding and would never be able to do what we do without incredible, generous support from community organisations like FXBC Mid North Coast. Every day we spend hours with people filling in rental applications, applying for identification, scanning precious photos in case they get lost! We haven’t been able to do this onsite until now and have been spending time (that we don’t have!) running back and forward to a neighbouring service to borrow their printer! We have doctors, nurses, lawyers and mental health professionals come work with us every week, and they too are jumping for joy at being able to print scripts for vital medication, scan records and easily send referrals. You have a made a difference. thank you again”.
Pete’s Place has some amazing support from lawyers, hairdressers, Coffs Neighbourhood Centre and community that come give their time and skills. Staff provide case work, advocacy and counselling support, working in a social justice framework to provide equitable access to resources and to assist our service users to feel safe and work towards their goals.
FXBC Mid North Coast are proud to support a much-needed service making a difference in our community. Find out more about Pete’s Place through the local Coffs Harbour St Vincent de Paul Society NSW.