• Australian Poverty in 2020

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    Australian Poverty in 2020 21 February 2020 ACOSS & UNSW Sydney launched their latest report, ‘Poverty & Inequality in Australia’, this morning at our Crisis Accommodation Service, Vincentian House....

  • Back to school with Operation Backpack

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    Back to school with Operation Backpack 18 February 2020 The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time for kids and parents alike. For those who are struggling to cover the basics, it can be a daunting occasion....

  • Looking Forward After Losing Everything

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    Looking Forward After Losing Everything 14 February 2020 Vinnies is continuing to support people impacted by the devastating bushfire crisis by distributing relief funds, emotional support and providing food, water,...

  • Rappville Resolves to Rise from the Ashes

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    Rappville resolves to rise from the ashes 11 February 2020 Vinnies is continuing to distribute bushfire relief funds and provide food, groceries, clothing, fuel vouchers, and other essentials for people suffering through...

  • From Paradise to a Horror Movie

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    From paradise to a horror movie 1 February 2020 On a sunny weekend, families tow their boats down to Lake Conjola and set them out into the gentle water. Kids run down to the shoreline shouting with glee. There are...

  • January is ending, but the bushfire crisis burns on

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    January is ending, but the bushfire crisis burns on 31 January 2020 It’s been a challenging start to 2020, with relentless bushfire danger tormenting many Australian communities right through January. Vinnies has...

  • Vinnies in Action at Batemans Bay

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    Vinnies in Action at Batemans Bay 25 January 2020 Up bright and early this morning Vinnies volunteer and President of Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn, John Feint hopes to have the opportunity to meet with Minister Andrew...

  • Vinnies Bushfire Appeal – How we’re helping

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    Vinnies Bushfire Appeal – How we’re helping 20 January 2020 The Vinnies Bushfire Appeal has so far raised more than $12 million to support people impacted by the unprecedented fires devastating communities...

  • Southern Highlands Schools Donate Emergency Essentials

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    Southern Highlands Schools Donate Emergency Essentials 18 January 2020 Local schools throughout the Southern Highlands have come together to support those affected by the devastating bushfires. In a show of solidarity...

  • Vinnies members stepping up during bushfire crisis

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    In a time of need our members are stepping up 16 January 2020 Anne Hayward and members from our St. Patrick’s Conference in Sussex Inlet provided assistance to over 500 people affected by the bushfires that have...

  • Vinnies Volunteers Meredith & Mouna Lend a Helping Hand

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    Vinnies Volunteers Meredith & Mouna Lend a Helping Hand 14 January 2020 When our members Meredith and Mouna saw the news about the bushfires, they immediately put up their hands to help those affected. Last week, they...

  • Canada Bay Community Brings Smiles This Christmas

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    Canada Bay Community Brings Smiles This Christmas 23 December 2019 City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas and a group of locals helped bring some Christmas cheer to their sister city Parkes Shire Council with over...

  • Vinnies Housing Summit

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    Vinnies Housing Summit For far too many people, the cost of living in our State is impossible. We know that for people on low incomes, all it takes is a sudden crisis like getting sick or losing your job and you can lose...

  • Census results - Sydney unaffordable

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    Census results - Sydney unaffordable Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Living in inner Sydney has become unaffordable for all but the few, and rising housing costs means that the city is quickly being...

  • Brutal Workers Comp Cuts Hurt Those Trying to Get By

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    Brutal Workers Comp Cuts Hurt Those Trying to Get By Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW As most of us prepare for New Year's Eve celebrations, it is distressing to see the impacts of a 2012 state...

  • Complaints About Electricity Not Surprising

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    Complaints About Electricity Not Surprising Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW It comes as no surprise to me and the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW that 74 per cent of complaints to the Energy & Water...

  • Where is our moral compass?

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    Where is our moral compass? Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Ali came to Australia alone by boat in 2012 fleeing persecution in Iraq. His serious health issues, some brought on by the trauma he’s...

  • Kneejerk (re)action isn’t good enough

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    Kneejerk (re)action isn’t good enough Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Away from the media frenzy of Martin Place over the last while, the Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Police...

  • Affordable Housing in Parliament

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    Affordable Housing in Parliament Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW On Thursday 3 August, Vinnies is making history by taking a petition of 16,300 signatures to the NSW Parliament to have the issue of...

  • Vinnies Housing Petition

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    Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

  • Bringing dignity to asylum seekers

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    Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW The Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) and the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (Vinnies) are working in partnership to support people who arrived in New South...

  • Vinnies Sleepout

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    Vinnies CEO Sleepout - more than a fundraiser Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Thursday will be my first Vinnies CEO Sleepout. I’ll be joining over 360 fellow CEOs in Sydney. We’ll be aiming...

  • Members Petition Success

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    Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

  • NSW Labor Housing Plans Welcomed

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    Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW

  • Homelessness – the potential to implement a widespread housing first policy

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    Homelessness – the potential to implement a widespread housing first policy Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW For some, maintaining a tenancy can be as difficult as finding a rental property in the...

  • Social and Affordable Housing Fund

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    Social and Affordable Housing Fund Brian Murnane CEO of Amélie Housing For the last three years I have found myself completely enmeshed in the process which has now seen Amélie Housing, the community...

  • Berejiklian’s Focus on Housing Welcomed by Vinnies

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    Berejiklian’s Focus on Housing Welcomed by Vinnies Story appeared in the Daily Telegraph. Gladys Berejiklian has staked housing affordability as one of her priorities. This comes as welcome news to those of us...

  • The 2017 Resolution that Needs to be Implemented

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    The 2017 Resolution that Needs to be Implemented Jack de Groot, CEO Sleepout St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Minister Stokes has entered the 2017 year with resolve. Long may this initial foray to confront the housing...

  • Affordable Housing Target is Not Enough

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    Affordable Housing Target is Not Enough Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW I welcome the front page story in the Sydney Morning Herald today about the Greater Sydney Commission’s (GSC) commitment to...

  • Poverty in Australia 2016

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    Poverty in Australia 2016 – the Right to Home Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW On the weekend I attended the launch of the ACOSS Poverty in Australia 2016 Report. It puts the numbers behind the...