Posts Tagged ‘homeless’

Increasing need for meals Compassion Soup Kitchen

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
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The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington has added more staff to help meet a 54 percent increase in people needing meals. During the 2020 lockdown, the Soup Kitchen distributed an average of 153 takeaway meals per day. This year the number of takeaway meals began at 190 and by Monday it had risen to 235. Read more

Homeless Jesus: responding to those in need

Monday, June 21st, 2021
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Copies of the Homeless Jesus statue have spread around the world in the last eight years. The statue is a life-sized representation of a person lying asleep on a public bench. The image is the creation of Canadian artist and sculptor Tim Schmalz, who specialises in art addressing religious themes. He presents the sleeping figure Read more

From sleeping rough and carrying a knife for protection to aiming for home ownership

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

When Hine Joseph was 18 years old, she was living on the street and carrying a penknife for protection. Three years later, she is securely housed in a flat managed by VisionWest Community Trust, in West Auckland, and says her biggest goal is finding a regular job and, one day, moving into a place she Read more

Focus on what is necessary rather than pious denials

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
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A New Zealand religious leader is calling on members of his congregation to focus on what is necessary for life rather than being caught up with pious denials; particularly during Lent. He says he was cheered by a recent reading at Mass where a group is bewailing the fact that their “good deeds” go unnoticed Read more

Number joining NZ’s public housing waitlist triples in a month

Monday, July 27th, 2020

The number of people struggling to keep a roof over their head appears to be spiralling, and could be driving further overcrowding. In May, the number of applicants on the public housing waitlist hit 17,982 – an increase of 1271 on the previous month. That was triple the average monthly increase of 448 in the Read more

A homeless man bluffed his way into a five-star isolation hotel

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

A homeless man bluffed his way into a five-star isolation hotel in Auckland, National MP Michael Woodhouse has claimed. The opposition health spokesman made the claim during an interview on The AM Show on Thursday morning. Read more Related Posts:Homeless locked out, back on streets between lockdownsCatholic retreat center converted into Covid-19 isolation…I am a Catholic now: Britney Spears’ Read more

Eucharist is not enough to save us

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

The other day I went to get a haircut after the last 2 months in lockdown (I didn’t trust the others in my ‘bubble’ to give me a haircut!). As I entered the shop to see my old friend and barber, I noticed – further along the street – the blanket-covered body of someone sleeping Read more

Homelessness is particularly serious during a pandemic

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Homelessness is a particularly serious issue during the COVID-19 global pandemic say several US Catholic Charities. Furthermore, the number of people without homes is predicted to increase if there is a pandemic-related economic downturn. In Southern California, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles  says the weight of addressing homelessness in the region is already at a Read more

Homeless will be left out in the cold during pandemic

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Agencies working with the homeless community are worried that people living on the street will be left behind if there is a community outbreak of Covid-19. Homeless advocacy group Gimme Shelter has estimated 40,000 or more New Zealanders are currently defined as homeless, About 5000 sleeping rough and the rest live in inadequate, temporary, or overcrowded Read more

Café aims to end homelessness

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Merge on Auckland’s Karangahape Rd is a place of welcome for many, including those without homes. An aim, though, is to support them into living in homes. Amid artwork and a library of donated books, people can sit at large tables and eat together, no matter whether they are working in the area, living on Read more