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Round 1 recipients—2016

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139 Club

139 Club received $235,454 to upgrade the existing 139 Club kitchen and transform it into the 3rd Space Cafe—providing a warm, attractive cafe that offers healthy, low-cost meals as well as the opportunity for engagement and interaction.

Access Community Housing Company

Access Community Housing Company (AHCH) received $61,800 to provide 350 dignity bags to be distributed across homeless and support services in the Cairns region. The bags will contain basic hygiene products for people experiencing homelessness, as well as contact information about housing and other available support services. ACHC see the project becoming community supported as benefits roll out.

Anglicare North Queensland

Anglicare North Queensland received $42,000 so its Helping Hand Community Outreach program in Cairns can establish laundry and bathroom facilities at a local drop-in centre. The new services will provide people experiencing homelessness with increased dignity and access to personal hygiene, clean clothing and a haircut.

Base Services Inc

Base Services Inc received $196,363 to buy and fit-out a food van to extend its food service to people experiencing homelessness in the Toowoomba region. The Soup for a Soup Kitchen initiative is also an employment program which will provide people experiencing homelessness with training and employment opportunities.

Communify Qld Ltd

Communify Qld Ltd received $118,765 to upgrade the kitchen at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre to deliver its Let’s Eat Together service, replicating a home meal setting. It plans to initially provide one dinner and two lunch sessions a week, as well as a traditional Sunday lunch. Each session will cater for 40-50 people experiencing homelessness.

Footprints In Brisbane

Footprints In Brisbane, with project partners Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group Inc and One Voice Inc, received $277,272 to buy and convert a bus so it can be used for a mobile shower and laundry service. The service will be provided in north Brisbane, covering areas such as Sandgate, Aspley and Geebung.

HAV’A’FEED Community Relief Ltd

HAV’A’FEED Community Relief Ltd received $57,273 to reconfigure space it is using at the Mermaid Beach Community Centre to accommodate the growing demand for essential wrap around care and advice services it provides to people experiencing homelessness or people in danger of becoming homeless. The changes will also provide a secondary access to public toilets.

Marist Youth Care

Marist Youth Care received funding of $37,600 to organise and host a Queensland Homelessness Hackathon. This event will bring together people experiencing homelessness and like-minded people from the technical and business community to design and develop sustainable solutions for issues that affect homeless people.

North West Youth Accommodation Service

North West Youth Accommodation Service (NWYAS) received $8,181 to provide Home Packs containing items such as bed sheets, towels and homewares for 30 young people entering NWYAS transitional housing in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. The home packs are not only practical, they are a symbolic starting point for young people starting to live independently from charities and hand-outs.

Orange Sky

Orange Sky Laundry Inc. received $150,727 for a mobile laundry van to operate in south east Queensland and $120,000 for a van fitted with two showers to service the Brisbane area.

Roseberry Community Services Ltd

Roseberry Community Services Ltd received $59,660 to set up a new Community Dignity Hub in Gladstone, providing free private showers, laundry and tea/coffee facilities for people and families experiencing homelessness. The hub will also provide an early intervention program to help people reduce their risk of homelessness.


SecondBite received $281,818 for a van and truck to expand its food rescue operations and deliver approximately 1.2 million more meals annually for people experiencing homelessness, women and families in crisis, and youth at risk in Queensland.

Share the Dignity Ltd

Share the Dignity Ltd received $54,545 to install Dignity Pack vending machines to provide free sanitary products for women experiencing homelessness. The 10 machines, which have an innovative timing security feature, will be placed in a variety of appropriate locations throughout Queensland.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club received $41,982 to buy a van so that it can help people experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless in Redcliffe. The Club will use the van for a variety of jobs including collecting and delivering donated furniture and bedding, assisting clients to move possessions as they find accommodation, and moving food from shops to the local CWA Hall to be stored prior to distribution or use.

The Gold Coast Homelessness Network Inc

The Gold Coast Homelessness Network Inc received $60,000 to produce a mobile phone app for people experiencing homelessness and those in danger of becoming homeless. The app will provide real-time information about services’ locations and availability on the Gold Coast, and will include push notifications and maps.

The Haven Association

The Haven Association received $52,900 for two initiatives to help those experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless. With Dignity Drivers, Haven plans to buy a second hand car and use it to help up to 10 young people learn to drive and get their driver’s licences. With Dignity Camp, it will provide opportunities for four to eight young people in transitional housing to develop life skills and build self-esteem through adventure-based camping activities in a supported environment.

The Jack Reed Barber Shop

The Jack Reed Barber Shop on the Redcliffe Peninsula received $66,520 to provide 1000 haircuts for the homeless across north Brisbane and the Moreton Bay regions. The initiative is based on the premise that a good haircut can build self-image, and foster self-worth and dignity. Barbers will operate from a mobile trailer at regular, selected sites across the region.

The Lady Musgrave Trust

The Lady Musgrave Trust, the State’s oldest charity, received Dignity First funding of $45,454 to help women experiencing homelessness to more easily find the essential services they need. The Trust will use the funds to develop and deliver an information app for the Handy Guide for Homeless Women, as well as to help expand the annual circulation of the booklet from 7,000 in Brisbane only to 18,000 across the state.

The Salvation Army’s Samaritan House Shelter

The Salvation Army’s Samaritan House Shelter received $15,799 in Dignity First funding to help provide a covered outdoor barbecue and dining area in which homeless woman and children escaping domestic and family violence can safely gather in Mackay. The shelter promotes dignity and empowerment for women and children in need through shared meals, social activities and life skills training.

Volunteering Qld

Volunteering Qld received $82,722 to establish a Wynnum Community Hub at the Wynnum Community Centre. The hub is to be a “one-stop shop” to provide services to homeless people and people in danger of becoming homeless as well as to provide paths to social and community support networks.

We Care 2 Inc

We Care 2 Inc received $31,818 in Dignity First funding to help to double its daily capacity to serve hot breakfasts to homeless people in Hervey Bay, with a new mobile food service van.

Wesley Mission Qld

Wesley Mission Qld received $30,156 through the Dignity First fund to enable socially isolated and vulnerable people to charge their phones, use the internet or read a magazine or book at its Logan Street Library trailer. The library is an initiative of Wesley Mission Qld and Logan Housing and Homelessness Network.

YFS Logan

YFS Logan received $50,000 to develop and deliver 8 secure mobile phone charging stations for use by people experiencing homelessness. The charging stations will be placed in homelessness services, homelessness hubs and outreach venues, enabling people to leave their mobile phones to charge while they undertake other activities such as seeing a support worker or having a health check.

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