Project Description

Fast Facts

12 Community Centres

providing a range of services including:

  • Microfinance loans
  • Counselling
  • Community Spaces
  • Food & Emergency Relief Support
Meals provided
Food vouchers provided
0 hours
Counselling hours
Value in Microfinance Loans

Highlights From The Year

Hope & Health for People & Pets

Our HopeStreet Woolloomooloo team partnered with the University of Sydney’s veterinary teaching hospital to provide a Pet Clinic in early 2016, as an ongoing program for local residents.

The pop-up clinic provides free veterinary care for the pets of Sydney’s inner city residents who are living on the margins.

The clinic not only provides practical and affordable health care for pets, but it is also uniting this community in ways that we never expected. From the moment the waiting room is open until the last pet has been seen, the room is bursting with stories about beloved pets and people making genuine connections over a shared love of animals.

The BaptistCare HopeStreet Pet Clinic relies on donations, good will and volunteer veterinary services.

Helping Households In Need Save On Power Bills

We partnered with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage on a $4 million initiative to deliver energy-efficient appliances to low income and vulnerable households across NSW, officially launching the program in Caringbah on Thursday 18 August 2016 with the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Mark Speakman.

The Home Energy Action (HEA) Appliances Program offers eligible households in NSW 40 to 50 percent subsidies, to replace old fridges and televisions with newer, more energy efficient models at discounted prices. Eligible households can also apply for a No Interest Loan (NILS) through BaptistCare, to cover the remaining cost of the appliance.

This program has been developed to help reduce energy use and high power bills for eligible low income households. Participating households can save up to $200 on annual energy bills for fridges and up to $125 for TVs.

NILS is one of a number of programs offered through our Community Centres, located in regions where people frequently experience financial stress and social or financial exclusion.

Demand for both NILS and our low-interest StepUP loans continue to grow, with more than $1 million in loans delivered to customers in 2016/17.

New Community Centre In Grafton

We celebrated the official opening of our new Community Space in Grafton during September 2016, in partnership with The Hub Baptist Church in Grafton.

Community Space offers a safe and welcoming environment for Grafton residents living with disadvantage to come together and connect with other members of the local community.

Community Space provides assistance for those in need of food support and low cost groceries, as well as offering emergency relief, client support and referrals, No Interest Loans (NILS) and specialised NILS for women who have experienced domestic violence.

Read more and watch the official opening video by The Daily Examiner.

Photo Credit: Adam Hourigan, The Daily Examiner 

Trailblazing The Path To Economic Inclusion For Women 

In May 2016 we were announced as one of the trailblazers for financial inclusion under the new Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) program, an initiative of the Australian Government, Good Shepherd Microfinance, EY, and the Centre for Social Impact.

Our FIAP was released in November 2016 and can be read here.

We were 1 of 12 trailblazers named by Good Shepherd, as part of its program to invite organisations to collaborate across sectors to improve financial inclusion in Australia, by stimulating economic growth and improving financial resilience among those experiencing hardship, particularly women.

In partnership with Good Shepherd, we have provided over 200 no-interest loans to women affected by domestic and family violence since 2012.

As well as our no-interest loan for women affected by domestic violence, BaptistCare offers a number of financial inclusion services including domestic violence and homelessness support, financial literacy programs, emergency relief, referral and support services.

To The Top

BaptistCare HopeStreet’s biggest fundraising event of the year, To The Top, saw just over $41,000 raised to bring hope, support and change to people who are experiencing homelessness and marginalisation, in the inner city of Sydney.

Formerly a long distance bike ride called Ride To The Top, this special bike riding event has taken place for the last 23 years. This year, the event was reimagined, giving 52 participants an opportunity to ride or drive or hike around Mount Kosciuszko, from 11-19 March 2017.

Undoubtedly, the event delivered adventure, breaking through comfort zones, having fun, meeting new people, taking in the beauty of Australia and most importantly raising money for the work of HopeStreet.

Journeys to Employment

David and Zac are two recent graduates of BaptistCare HopeEnterprises’ Employment Training Program (ETP).

Launched in 2015, HopeEnterprises is a social enterprise that seeks to break the cycle of social and financial disadvantage for people with complex needs, who have difficulty entering the workforce.

The program creates a pathway to employment, assisting people who may have experienced long-term unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, time in gaol, and those living with mental illness.

Traineeships in cleaning services, gardening and lawn services (horticulture), maintenance and repairs, hospitality, accommodation services, and aged care are on offer, and lend themselves perfectly, allowing participants to receive part-time employment with BaptistCare at one of our facilities. Confidence is also strengthened as trainees develop life skills.

In the last year 28 people, including David and Zac, have been trained through HopeEnterprises, graduating with life-changing qualifications.

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