The story of one of our lovely meal attendees, as told to one of our staff members recently. ...I caught four buses today to get to OneCare because I love coming to the meal so much. I get so lonely alone on my own and its a big effort to get here but it's worth it. Even when its hot...
Some of our wonderful meals team busy preparing our weekly community meal.
Our C.O.A.C.H. mentoring program makes a positive difference in the lives of every person involved, both mentee and mentor. Lovely messages like this one just warm our hearts. Thankyou for introducing me to Sue. She's a lovely person we get along well. Feel so lucky to have met you all, thankyou. - C.O.A.C.H. mentee
A new Victorian report on poverty has recently been released. See full key findings in the comments below. Consider these facts as we head into the Christmas season. If you'd like to help brighten this time for families living in poverty around Geelong, OneCare have several initiatives you can get involved with. Get in touch with us to learn more. Findings: - 774,000 Victorians live in poverty (13.2%) - Regional Victoria has a higher poverty rate than Melbourne (15.1% versus 12.6%) - More than 1 in 6 Victorian children live in poverty (18.7% or 198,600 children) - Women comprise the majority of adults living in poverty (54.1% or 311,800 women) - A majority of people experiencing poverty live in families with children (57.8% or 447,300 people) - A majority of people living in poverty live in owner-occupied homes (51.4% or 397,900 people) - More than one third of adults living in poverty have a disability (34.3% or 197,600 people) - More than a quarter of adults living in poverty have a job (28.2% or 162,600 people) - Even the richest communities had poverty rates from 6% - High poverty communities had poverty rates of up to 40%