- raised $38
- Goal $100
- Day left 4875 day(s) to end
9 – 9.30 am
The phone rings with families in the community requesting van pickups to attend playgroup and learning centre. Van leaves for three trips.
Staff attend a monthly Housing meeting with Ministry of Social Development and Housing NZ (HNZ). We advocate for families and share our experiences of the growing need for housing. Families tumble into playgroup from the van and our residential accommodation. A sunny day means the children are keen to be outdoors using bikes, jungle gym and sandpit.
Tutors set up the learning centre ready for computer and literacy class. Volunteers arrive to assist at playgroup, computer class and to sort donated goods. Volunteers play a vital role and we depend on them greatly.The phone keeps ringing. Calls requesting help with housing. They are referred to our housing coordinator who books a time to discuss their needs.
10 – 10.30am Reception is busy with families arriving. A family support worker meets with a resident to follow up the progress on their Family Goal Plan. They are excited at seeing their compulsory $20 per week savings grow and are benefiting from relationship counselling. Our Pacific community worker works with a mother struggling to understand a legal form. She translates into Tongan and they complete the document.
10.30 – 12pm
Laughter comes from Literacy class as mothers’ gain confidence in written and spoken English. All heads down and keyboards clicking as the computer class work on programmes targeted at their level of ability. The parents know computer literacy is vital and are motivated to up skill. Playgroup children sit at tables ready for morning tea. They hold hands and enthusiastically sing the prayer, ‘Thank you God for giving us food’. Sandwiches and fruit are served. Phone keeps ringing. Plunket refer a family with new baby, living in severe overcrowding. Staff will visit the family to assess their needs.
Parents and children returned home in van, loaded with bread from a weekly Bakers Delight donation. 1.00pm
A resident father requests access to the computer to do his job search. He works with our employment/ training coordinator to update his CV and receives interview skills training.
An excited resident arrives to report HNZ phoned and offered them a house. Family will be assisted with furniture and household goods from our furniture bank.
A family support worker is concerned for a resident struggling on low wages. A call to IRD reveals the Family Tax Credit is incorrect; family will get $217 per week extra. Father is overwhelmed with relief.
Phone rings with offers of beds. Our furniture van will collect later in the week.
The counsellor gets ready to facilitate her ‘Ladybugs’ programme for adolescent girls. It focuses on building the girls’ self-esteem, goal setting and coping skills. The girls love this programme and have formed wonderful friendships.
3.30 – 4.45pm
Student volunteers arrive to supervise the Homework Club for resident children, who are eagerly waiting. A family support worker gathers clothing and a food parcel ready for a home visit.
5.30 – 6.30pm
The Fundraising committee arrive to plan the next event. With only 20% of our funding coming from government, fundraising continues to be a vital necessity for de Paul House. The phone keeps ringing; messages left asking for help with accommodation will be answered tomorrow.