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Casino Homelessness Connect Day Success

The Casino Homelessness Connect Day hosted by Casino Neighbourhood Centre on August 9th was a smashing success. The relaxed atmosphere was enjoyed by all in attendance.  Service providers ranging from North Coast Community Housing, Legal Aid, Community Health, and tenancy advice, to several charitable organisations mingled, networked and met service users and other service providers alike.
Upon arrival, one was welcomed with a hot beverage from mobile coffee van Cuppa Break and the delicious aroma of the BBQ sponsored by QBE Insurance. The relaxing sound of live music from the Social Futures Drum Circle, Dennis Kelly and Luke Vassella added to the laidback ambiance; it was destined to be a great event.
The free blankets, clothing, books, haircuts and advice and referral available on the day were well received by those in need of support and assistance.
The following thank you was received from Teena, one of the volunteer hairdressers on the day…
“Thank you for inviting me and allowing me to be a part of the Homelessness Connect Day.
I am humbled by the experience. It is awesome to know that providing a free haircut to someone not only lifts their self-esteem but also provides a small amount of financial relief. One gentleman whose hair I had the pleasure of cutting was so appreciative and shared part of his personal story: “It’s not easy to have a spare $15 for me to have a haircut (that is cheap). I would prefer to buy the kids shoes or let my wife get her haircut if we have spare money”.  Please keep me in mind for cutting hair at next year’s event”.

A gigantic and sincere thank you to all staff, service providers and volunteers who were involved in making the day such a success, and to those who contributed financial donations on the day. Without your tireless support the event would not have been the success it was. See you next year!