Kia ora koutou,
We are now well into the new year and we have had a hectic few months. Normally in the summer things calm down but this year it has been as busy as ever, with steady demand through referrals and from women contacting us directly through Facebook and our website.
Although the recent Salvation Army State of the Nation report talked about Auckland's housing crisis, we are seeing the impact of some worrying trends in Wellington as well. One thing we have noticed lately is a trend of older women making enquiries and coming to live at the house - last month a quarter of our residents were over 60. This is also means that some of our residents need to spend longer than six months with us before they can move to permanent Housing New Zealand or Wellington City Council accommodation, putting pressure on our limited resources.
MPs visit the house and our residents
In the past twelve months we hosted visits from Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett, Jan Logie MP, and Paul Foster-Bell MP. We've been able to highlight the need for safe, affordable accommodation for women in Wellington and introduce the MPs to residents so they can hear first hand the impact our Boarding House and staff have on changing lives.
Three years of incredible management - Thanks Mags!
In November our House Manager, Mags, celebrated her third anniversary working with us. She's been a rock for many who have come to stay with us, always approaching her role with kindness and compassion. All the staff and volunteers who contribute to keeping the house going do an incredible job - we are so grateful for the mahi you do!
Fundraiser quiz - Friday 10 March
The earthquake meant we had to postpose our fundraiser quiz until 10 March. Tickets are all sold out but you can still donate to our good cause on our website.
Help us turn drab to fab!
On Feb 21st and Feb 24th, Corporate teams from Mercer and ANZ, respectively, are taking the day off from their regular jobs to come and work voluntarily for the boarding house. One of the tasks we will be setting them is to paint this tired old purple bedroom and turn it into a clean and lovely space for one of our women.
We have a single bed already but would really love to be able to fill it with bright and modern furniture and soft furnishings. White furniture would look lovely perhaps? We also need a nice light fitting/shade and curtains.
Here are the dimensions of the room - 3m x 2m and here's the curtain measurements - the width of the curtain track is 2 metres and the required drop would be 220cms.
If you think you would like to help us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a pic and blurb about what you would like to donate. Be creative & send us your ideas on how to maximise this space for comfort, practicality and style.
Ka kite anō.
A big thanks to Brenda Dassler, Good Bitches Baking, Martin and Matt at Kaibosh, Ana and volunteer group at St Vincent de Paul in Newtown, Wendy Wong, Rochelle and Sophie Furneaux, Victoria and colleagues at Ministry of Defence, Karyn and colleagues at MBIE, Sally Fisher, Danusia Wypych, Zoe at Kilbirnie Library, Ruth Payne, Maryan Street, Ann Mildenhall, Kellie Darroch, Kim Anderson, Jack Neil, Leigh, Barry Maxwell & partner, Diana Clarke, Jo and colleagues at Chartered Accounts (Australia and New Zealand), Volunteer Wellington, PSA Wellington, Elite School of Beauty, Mary Hall, Michelle Campbell, Lissa Carlino, Eleanor, Theresa, Frances Kelly and everyone who helped and continue to donate and support us…
We'd also like to thank our amazing volunteer Ellen for giving up her time and expertise to keep the garden so incredible over the summer.
We can't get over your generosity!