People on the street need your help this winter

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Vinnies Western region has assisted 16,392 Queenslanders so far this year. Every day people like ‘Jenny’ turn to Vinnies in time of need.

Jenny didn’t know where to turn when she fled her home with her two children; she just knew she had to keep them safe. Then a friend suggested she call Vinnies.

That call was a life saver. Vinnies Helpline staff were able to connect her to a range of services and provide her with emergency relief and accommodation. She didn’t have to return to an unsafe home.

Had Jenny not rang Vinnies in that critical time, her children would have faced sleeping in the cold this winter. Instead, they can embrace a brighter future, safe, warm and free from harm.

Sadly, this situation is the reality for many families in the Vinnies Western region. More than 92,000 people phoned Vinnies Helpline last year in search of assistance.

State President John Forrest said Vinnies is unique in its ability to help people in crisis feel supported when they need it most.

“They are a vital cog in our ability to help the poor, the marginalised and the disadvantaged in our community,” he said.

“Our volunteer members are able to visit with people in their own homes or in the community to provide not just emergency support but one on one companionship.

“We were able to assist over 300,000 people in the past year, work we could not have done without our volunteers dedicated to helping people.”

To help Vinnies Queensland continue its life changing work helping people like Jenny this winter, you can make a tax deductible donation to the Vinnies Winter Appeal www.vinnies.org.au/winterappeal.

If you are experiencing domestic violence or in need of assistance please call Vinnies Brisbane helpline on 1800 846 643. emergency, call 000.