Many people moving into housing after spending a significant period of time being homeless have few possessions. Moving into a new home is an expensive process and with a tight budget, the cost of setting up a new home can be beyond the reach of people with very limited financial resources.
Home in a Box provides formerly homeless people with the warmth and comfort of their own sheets, towels, pillows, kitchenware, utensils and other essential items that make a house a home.
A Kid's Pack is available to ensure children are helped to settle into their new home too.
Home in a Box was developed to help people sustain their housing, by creating a home.
How does it work?
A support worker will contact the Mercy Foundation when they have been able to organise permanent housing for a client experiencing chronic homelessness. The support worker signs an agreement, confirming that their client meets the criteria - that is, that they have experienced chronic homelessness, that they have no resources to set up a home with and that they will be continue to support their client after they move into housing. Home in a Box is then delivered by the support worker to the family or individual that they have helped to house.
Over 60 Homes in Boxes have now been distributed. We thank our supporters and donors listed below for your generous support.
The response has been very positive, as indicated by the words below from a Support Workerwho delivered the boxes:
Both tenants were overwhelmed by the contents and L* was actually speechless when unpacking the box, he appeared almost to be in tears and is so thankful to receive this he said he couldn’t express it properly. G* was equally excited and stated it was Christmas except better than any Christmas he’s ever had and L* commented that he didn’t get anything, not even a card for his birthday and this makes up for that. Again it is a really great feeling to be part of this and thanks to you and the Mercy Foundation for giving me and the rest of the team a chance to really see joy in tenants faces, to pass on to them something they can use and appreciate.
Wentworth Community Services
PS Just quickly, L* was most impressed with the egg flip, he hasn’t been able to turn them properly with a spoon. Things we take so much for granted!
If you would like to support the Home in a Box project, please contact the office on
02 9911 7390 or donate here.
We are very grateful to the major sponsors of this project:
Thanks to the students from Monte Sant' Angelo, Mercy College Chatswood and the youth group from Lindfield Killara Parish for your assistance in packing Home in a Box.
Our thanks to Siobhan Moroney, former Year 12 student at Monte Sant Angelo College for her assistance in developing the Home in a Box logo.