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JUNE 2020
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Coronavirus is not welcome here

YellowBridge QLD Property Officer Baljinder Gill (left) and Department of Housing and Public Works Customer Service Manager Anita Weier deliver a Clean Bucket Pack to Nora King.

YellowBridge QLD, together with our co-funder the Queensland Government’s Department of Housing and Public Works, has prepared almost 300 COVID-19 cleaning bucket packs for tenants who live in social housing properties.

The buckets are filled with essential cleaning supplies such as soap, detergent, disinfectant and reusable cloths to help tenants keep their homes virus-free.

“If there is one thing we have learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is that coronavirus does not like clean hands or surfaces,” YellowBridge Chief Executive Officer Penny Hamilton said.

“The public messages about personal hygiene and disinfecting high-touch surfaces have been heard loud and clear and we are helping our tenants to apply that advice in their homes,” Ms Hamilton said.

“In some cases, cleaning supplies have been hard to find or have increased in price since the pandemic began so our COVID-19 clean bucket packs will help our tenants enormously.”

YellowBridge manages 147 community housing properties throughout Toowoomba, which provides accommodation for more than 450 people.

Many of our tenants are on a low or fixed income which does not leave much surplus money for extra cleaning supplies or to cover price increases.

“A bucket full of cleaning products may not seem like a big deal to most people, but it is a huge help for those who are experiencing tough times,” Ms Hamilton said.

“At YellowBridge, we never underestimate the power of a simple gesture of help and kindness. Every day, we witness the positive impact these have on people in need.”

The initiative is supported with funding by the Queensland Government’s Department of Housing and Public Works who praised the idea and was keen to help distribute as many buckets as possible to those in most need.

Rotary helps youth

$6000 for homeless youth

Young people experiencing homelessness in Toowoomba have been offered a help line to combat the pressures inflicted by the coronavirus and its fallout. The combined Rotary Clubs of Toowoomba have donated $6000 to YellowBridge and Emerge to help its young people access essential items and healthy meals.
Read the full story here

Giving back

Care packs for Home Care clients

Our Home Services team decided to give-back to our Home Care clients and use the management fee we receive for administering this program to create these lovely gift care packs. A little 'pick me up' to spread cheer while we still deal with the impacts of COVID-19. Inside are a few treats including a movie voucher to use when cinemas finally open again. 

Special delivery

Baked goodies and hearty meals to say 'we're thinking of you'.

Disability support workers Peter and Sameera cooked up a storm as part of our COVID-19 special response for our clients who live alone. They made a soup, stew, curry and cupcakes to let our clients know that we're thinking of them. Social isolation during the COVID-19 shutdowns hasn't been easy for many of our clients. It doesn't take much to share a bit of kindness and food is a wonderful way to do that.

Warm gesture

Donation of firewood keeps young people warm this Winter.

Thank you so much to Tony and Grace from Ironbark Timber Supplies for their annual donation of firewood. This keeps the fire stoked at our youth accommodation centre The Haven and is greatly appreciated by our young residents. If you need a load of timber this Winter, please consider supporting this family business that supports us. Call Tony on 0408 158 275.

Keeping safe at home

Our Home Modifications Program helps seniors be safe at home.

Mrs Warrener is the latest beneficiary of this program with her new landing, steps, handrails and awning. Thanks to our Home Modifications Program for making this improvement possible so our senior clients can continue to live independently in their own homes.

Service milestone

Fifteen years working in youth support is an amazing achievement and commitment.

Donita is one of the longest serving staff members at our youth accommodation centre The Haven. She has helped many young people have a safe place to live, finish their education, get their drivers license, learn life skills and importantly, feel good about themselves and hopeful for their future. Congratulations Donita on this special milestone and thank you for your enduring compassion and dedication for young people in our community.

CEO's Comment

Penny Hamilton, Chief Executive

The current Coronavirus pandemic is concerning for all Australians and the reliable information available is voluminous and mostly in the written word and via electronic means.

The challenge for some people in our community is that their access to IT based mediums that are being utilised to provide essential information can be limited. Also, the products we all need to protect ourselves and our households are quite expensive.
 
The Department of Housing and Public Works heard our plea and came on board to assist us to offer further vital support to tenants living in social housing properties. With their help, we were able to deliver 300 COVID-19 Clean Buckets containing useful items to assist in stopping the spread of coronavirus supported with an easy to read fact sheet outlining the key messages that have become so familiar to us all.
 
I am sure you can appreciate there are so many demands on government funding across many different social services, worthy organisations and great causes – there is a finite pie which needs to serve everyone. The quality and breadth of services we offer is not possible without government support and we offer our sincere thanks to the Department of Housing and Public Works for making a difference in these trying times.
 
As the number of COVID-19 cases in Queensland continue to decline, this has increased confidence in the Queensland community to see some restrictions ease. It has been great to see some movement around our town as our cafes and businesses slowly begin to open. Despite this, we will need to be as vigilant as ever to maintain safe and hygienic working environments particularly as we begin our recovery … and yes we are on the road to recovery.

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