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Published October 26th 2015
Be a helping hand or donate
Located at Toowoomba City Church, 'The Base', soup kitchen has operated for 22 years. Open Monday to Thursday 11:30am - 12:30pm, The Base serves soup and sandwiches as donated. Non-perishable food donations are welcome.
Prayer is available on request. Some of the volunteers come from Teen Challenge, an organisation which aims to help people recover from addictions including eating disorders, among other services.
Volunteering requires no quals except for a willing heart. You need to be aware that occasional incidents do occur among those utilizing the service.
From 2-8 August 2015, Pastor Nat Spary slept rough to raise awareness as funds were low. When asked what that was like Nat said simply 'it was freezing'. Donations have increased since this brave man's efforts. To make a donation or ask about volunteering, drop in at the Toowoomba City Church's office or give them a call on 07 4638 2399.
On Fridays at 5pm you may see a van serving hot drinks and food in Clewley Park, Water Street opposite the Toowoomba Hospital. The main priority of Rosies - Friends on the Street, is to offer friendship to the homeless, those at risk, or simply to the lonely. In winter, donations of things like blankets and jackets are gifted to those in need. Non perishable food items are also a welcome donation. Monetary donations can be given online.
Rosies have contact details for other organisations such as Street Doctors, mostly for Brisbane, youth support and others. For more information call 07 3956 4267 or visit the website.
The Salvation Army
There is no crisis accommodation for single females in Toowoomba due to funding restrictions. Single male and family accommodation is available. A complete assessment is done which can be done on the phone for single women in Toowoomba who can be offered units in Brisbane. If nothing is available at the time, names are recorded on a waiting list. In an emergency, such as domestic violence, women can call 1800 811 811. For further information on how you can help out, call the Toowoomba Crisis Centre on 07 3173 6288. Alternately drop in at 5 Bell Street.
You can also help the homeless by donating online to the Red Shield Appeal. A $100 donation will help give someone a safe place to sleep while $50 will provide support for those on the street.