What began as a chat between two mothers – one a Bower employee, the other a community volunteer with Mums 4 Refugees – about the difficulties asylum seekers face in setting up a home, has now become a $50,000 project providing furniture and household goods to asylum seekers.
Spearheaded by The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre, ‘From House to Home’ aimed to raise $10,000 in crowd funding with project partner Mums 4 Refugees. The campaign was hugely successful, raising $14,261, and even earned a mention in NSW Parliament by the local member Jo Haylen. Guido Verbist, General Manager of The Bower, floated the concept with grant providers and another $35,000 was secured via the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Sidney Myer Foundation.
The Bower welcomes the chance to directly support asylum seekers. Our aim is to stop usable items from going to landfill and to provide quality furniture at affordable prices for disadvantaged communities. What will make the From House to Home project function is The Bower’s ability to collect furniture donations and then deliver it using The Bower’s truck.
As the project gathered momentum, additional project partners were sought. Four non-profit community-based groups, who assist families and individuals seeking asylum whilst living in the local community, are now part of the project: House of Welcome, Asylum Seekers Centre, Pyrmont Cares and Marist Youth Care. Case workers from these organisations assess the differing needs of individuals and families, and refer people to The Bower to select their own furniture and household items.
The $50,000 funding will provide enough furniture to establish 50 homes for families of 2 adults and 2 children. The funding will also be used to run workshops teaching asylum seekers basic carpentry and furniture repair skills at The Bower’s workshop.
The project officially launched on 27 July 2016 and is now ongoing.
Crowdfunding Wall of Fame
Thanks to all these lovely folks who pledged to help us provide furniture and household items to asylum seekers:
Alicia Miller ~ An Marosszeky ~ Angie B ~ Bernie Hobbs ~ Cameron Burgess ~ Colleen Williams ~ Diana van Bell ~ Eena Anderson ~ Emma Black ~ Imogene ~ Isobel Deane ~ Jacqui Biffin ~ Jacqui Fine ~ Jane Healy ~ Jo Bennett ~ Joelle Patten ~ John Bayley ~ John L ~ Judy Tanner ~ Katharine Cook ~ Kerry Kasatchow ~ Kylie Flament ~ Maaike Pullar ~ Mary Payne ~ Michelle Lenard ~ Patricia Maganja-Graf ~ Peter Carroll ~ Peter Wale ~ Philippe Flatt ~ Ruta Lipace ~ Sara Lubowitz ~ Simone Cameron ~ Tina Hsu ~ Tom Dawkins ~ Virgoe Buckland ~ Wendy Roe
Alice Collins ~ Alice Lo ~ Alison Campbell ~ Andy Marks ~ Anita Ayer ~ Aurelia Gallardo ~ Belinda Wright ~ Bronwyn Forsyth ~ Carolyn Lee ~ Cathy Turner ~ Chris Gately ~ Danielle Andrews ~ Danit Spiers ~ David Kuhn ~ Des Mulcahy ~ Eileen Brennan ~ El Gibbs ~ Elisabeth Barry ~ Fetalaiga Peseta ~ Inner West Steiner Playgroup ~ Jane Sinnamon ~ Jen Tancheff ~ Jenny Leary ~ Joan Taniane ~ Jodie Catherine ~ Kathy Cocks ~ Kellie Darley ~ Kim De Deckker ~ Laura Davies ~ Laurence Barre ~ Leah Williams Veazey ~ Linda Braidwood ~ Louise Butler ~ Luke Mitchell ~ Lyndell De Ridder ~ Mahdi Chardi ~ Margaret Redestowicz ~ Marina Gulline ~ Melissa Bungcaras ~ Meryl Rogers ~ Pamela Mina ~ Pat Clarke ~ Sabena Winston ~ Sabina Morrow ~ Saima Haq ~ Susan Singh ~ Umbilico Pty Ltd ~ Vikki Addicott ~ Wendy Bishop
Anthony Ogle ~ Bruce Boes ~ Cheryl Fowler ~ Daniela Smiriglia ~ Danika Hall ~ Dare Kavanagh ~ David Gravina ~ Elizabeth Heywood ~ Ellen Forsyth ~ Gemma Ashton ~ Hellen Andalis ~ Henry Tapia ~ Janet Campbell ~ Julia McCosker ~ Julia Seddon ~ Leila Shunnar ~ Lindy Crisp ~ Louise Redmond ~ Margaret Johnson ~ Margaret O’Riordan ~ Mathew Howard ~ Michael Rumbold ~ Oanh Trinh ~ Phill Wall ~ Sarah Chisholm ~ Sarah Low ~ Sharon O’Grady ~ Tara Crisp ~ Trudy Phelps
Alastair Lyall ~ Amanda Buckland ~ Ariel Ellis ~ Cathy Turner ~ Cara MacLeod ~ Carlene Colahan ~ Christine Clarke ~ Clare R ~ Diane Wanasawage ~ Emily McCosker ~ Georgina ~ Guido Verbist ~ Hazel Storey ~ Jane Mayne ~ John Brodie ~ Judy Kowalksi ~ Lena Aahlby ~ Liam Noble ~ Marion Langford ~ Mark Ferrington ~ Mary Mortimer ~ Meron Wilson ~ Narelle Stow ~ Pauline Mackiewicz ~ Tam Ho ~ Veronica Nou
Helen McCarthy ~ Jeff Andrews ~ Leanne Gibbs ~ Linda Davies ~ Louise Barrett White ~ Ruth Kotevich ~ Vythehi Elango
Ultimate VIPs: Amanda Hickie ~ Gordon Rowell ~ Manuela Crank ~ Nitu Gupta ~ The Ultimo Project
Out-of-this-world champion ultimate supporter: Jackie Maxted