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The doors are open at St Vincent de Paul Society’s new drop-in centre in Ballina, servicing a population with one of the highest homelessness rates in regional NSW.
Exclusive: A mass exodus of around 17 long-term volunteers at the Byron Bay St Vincent De Paul centre is being downplayed by management, despite claims of poor treatment and a change in management direction.
The Vinnies' 2018 sleepout, held to fund Fred’s Place homeless drop-in centre in Tweed Heads, has exceeded its target. It's all thanks to support from some 50 sleepers last Thursday and substantial donations.
Whatever the purpose, from polishing cars and high-class furniture, to mopping up paint or grease in workshops, or cleaning valuable plates used in print-making, recycled rags made from donated clothing are prized by North Coast businesses.
Vinnies will be reopening its Lismore assistance office, which closed temporarily due to extensive flood damage, from 10am tomorrow. Assistance in other flood affected towns is also available. The charity has also commenced a Northern Rivers Flood Appeal and is seeking donations.