In May we supported 99 community projects across Australia. These smaller organisations often struggle for funding due to their size and lack of resources – that’s where we come in. It is always uplifting to send out the payments knowing that it is the culmination of a lot of work, it is even more satisfying when we received a few notes of thanks which we would like to share with you. Without your support we couldn’t make these grants so take a hearty pat on the back for making this happen….
“The team of staff and volunteers at Fitted for Work were absolutely thrilled to receive a Streetsmart grant again this year for our Women Exiting Prison Program. This is a very practical program which helps women pre and post release to build the confidence and skills to transition into sustainable employment. As well as financial security, work brings an important sense of hope, dignity and social connectedness. This grant will directly transform the lives of many marginalised woman and their families. Thank you so much for believing in us and supporting our work.” Fitted for Work
“I would like to thank StreetSmart most sincerely for the $3,750, generously donated to the ASRC for our Casework Housing Emergency Support Project. Your commitment to supporting asylum seekers is of great importance to us as it enables us to help asylum seekers in a very practical way. Access to safe, secure housing greatly impacts the ability of asylum seekers to manage, survive and if successful, fully engage in life in Australia. Without your help we would be unable to deliver this critical service, so we thank you.” Paul Barcham, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
“Thank you once again for your generous support of our little service! Our young people, and staff were ecstatic to hear we had been chosen for a grant from StreetSmart once again. The funds will go towards purchasing new whitegoods for our homes, no one can remember the last time we had NEW things for our young people-it has always been second hand! Thank you SO much again for all your support and hard work in raising money for all the small organisations across Australia.” Kate, Michael and the young people of Options
“A BIG BIG thank you to StreetSmart and all the participating restaurants and cafes who raised the funds we have just been allocated. This enables us to buy a computer, printer and office supplies for our new General Manager and first paid staff member. A big step forward to us and we are so very grateful!” The Footpath Library
“The funding StreetSmart provides enables the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre to develop projects that fall outside the scope of government funding. As a community centre, we get to see firsthand the full range of problems people experience through homelessness. StreetSmart’s contribution has the flexibility to be applied directly in the areas of need that we see. StreetSmart gives us a chance to develop services that can enrich a person’s life, build resilience, confidence and connectedness.” Ken Saunders, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre
“The team at The Social Studio are thrilled to receive the support of StreetSmart in this round of grants – the funding means we can deliver a really valuable program that supports young people to develop their financial independence in difficult times. Love your work StreetSmart!” The Social Studio