RRT Wagga Wagga Provides Christmas Dinner for the Homeless
Edel Quinn Support Services is a specialised serves of the St Vincent de Paul Society. It provides accommodation, meals and other services to adults in Wagga Wagga and the surrounding areas who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Edel Quinn provides crisis accommodation and case management services primarily for men who are experiencing homelessness in the Wagga Wagga region. They do this through a residential program and an outreach support program. The aim is to work together with men at risk of homelessness and with other services to find stable accommodation and attach people to the community supports they need.
Their crisis accommodation program accepts referrals, assesses client needs, referrals where necessary, and provides accommodation, meals, and case management to help people into appropriate long term housing. The outreach service provides support for people living in the community independently. They also provide vocational training and self-development opportunities through programs such as Back On Track and the soon to be opened Ozanam Learning Centre.
The Edle Quinn Centre has newly refurbished facilities, which can house up to 16 residents with their own bedroom, bathroom and little kitchenette. Recently they welcomed the Governor General to help a resident blow out the candles on his 80th birthday cake!
Wagga Wagga RRT met with the Edel Quinn support workers to see if there was any way they could help support them with their services they do for the Homeless. RRT were asked if they could do a Christmas Dinner!
The RRT Trailer was used in conjunction with the on-site commercial kitchen to serve the Christmas Dinner for 14 residents and the support worker for the day. An appetising meal included a ham steak, boiled potatoes, a corncob, a slice of pineapple and coleslaw was served. This was very much enjoyed by all, and was topped off with a ice cream and fruit for dessert!
The band was playing while lunch was being cooked and during lunchtime. This added to the peaceful atmosphere. They played a number of old favourites songs along with a few gospel hymns.
Christmas Day is often a long and lonely day for those who find themselves in a homeless situation. The entertainment and meal provided by the RRT made this day special for all the clients at the Edel Quinn Centre. A number of clients commented how the happy and cheerful attitude had a positive impact on all who attended.
The RRT looks forward to helping the Edel Quinn Support Services again throughout the year, and maybe even next Christmas!