Help Those Most Impacted by COVID-19
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Women’s domestic violence services experience up to 35% increase in demand during Covid-19.
Help us stop this Shadow Pandemic.
First we had lock-down conditions which resulted in victims being trapped at home with their abuser 24/7. Then we had the economic impacts of COVID throwing fuel on the fire as families came under increasing financial pressure and women had reduced resources to escape violent and abusive situations.
Hayley Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Safety NSW
About Our Campaign
These last few months have been testing for all. Numerous women and children have been forced to flee violent home environments to start a new life in safe and permanent accommodation. Others find themselves reckoning with reduced income as the New South Wales lockdown drags on and on.
How do they cope?
They rely on assistance provided by those who are more fortunate.
That’s where we can help with your assistance.
The Bower is campaigning to raise $25 000 so that we can meet the increased demand on our community outreach programs, House To Home & HomeKeeper. In the period between June 25 and September 9 2021, The Bower has experienced a surge in requests for assistance from our partner organisations.
Requests for assistance from The Bower during July, August & September are double those received during the same period in 2020.
The rapid surge in the number of individuals and family groups being referred to us is real; and you can help us to help them. Through House To Home & HomeKeeper The Bower partners with frontline service organisations to provide quality, used, household items to vulnerable individuals and groups, free of charge.
With your support today, we can help families and individuals in desperate need to furnish an entire home at no cost to them. All donations are tax deductible.
How Do Our Outreach Programs Work?
Bower Reuse & Repair Centres is a charity working to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill through education, reuse, repair and resale. To this end we provide high quality, preloved household items to low-income earners and other vulnerable groups.
House to Home was established in 2016 to assist asylum seekers, refugees and survivors of family violence as they transition into safe and permanent housing. We have since established HomeKeeper to help those who fall between the cracks.
Beneficiaries are referred to The Bower by one of our partner agencies. Referrals can be used much like a voucher: the client, or their caseworker, can choose items from our Marrickville store and delivery can be arranged if needed at no cost to the beneficiary. The cost of these items is simply deducted from the line of credit that exists between The Bower and our partner organisations.
This program is heavily reliant on the generosity of our community – that’s you! – and the support of several organisations. We are extremely grateful.