• REIWA supports Salvos in helping WA homeless beat the winter chill

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    With over 100,000 people receiving assistance from The Salvation Army in 2018 in Western Australia alone, REIWA and its agents are proud to show their support by getting behind the annual Sleeping Bag Appeal.

    As part of the Salvos’ Winter Appeal, the Sleeping Bag Appeal aims to bring comfort to the homeless on WA streets by collecting warm sleeping bags and blankets at designated collection points, which the Salvos then distribute to those in need.

    REIWA President Damian Collins said the real estate industry had been driving the Appeal for the last five years.

    “Each year we see how tough it can be for homeless people during the colder months. Most of us take for granted that we have a roof over our head and a warm, safe place to sleep at night, however for the growing number of homeless people in our state, this is not their reality. This Appeal is a small way you can help make a difference by simply donating a sleeping bag or blanket to this worthy cause.

    “With over 30 different collection points across WA, I encourage you to visit one of these locations, donate what you can and meet the dedicated real estate agencies who are helping bring warmth and comfort to those sleeping rough on our streets,” Mr Collins said.  

    The Salvation Army Public Relations Secretary, Warren Palmer, said that the collection was a valued initiative that supports the work of The Salvation Army.

    “Over the last 12 months The Salvation Army has supported over 4,000 people experiencing homelessness through our morning breakfast meal, Street Outreach teams connecting with those on the streets on the weekends and through The Beacon, our 102 bed facility in Northbridge.

    “Through REIWA’s support, great comfort and care is being shown to people on the edge of life. Almost 600 people accessed the services at The Beacon in the last 12 months with an 80 per cent rate of people being transitioned back into community housing - this is over 40 people a month. The Sleeping Bag Appeal is more than just about comfort but in some cases, especially during winter, can be a significant health life line,” Mr Palmer said.

    How to donate

    West Australians who would like to be a part of the real estate industry’s support of the homeless can contribute new or freshly laundered sleeping bags or blankets to the Appeal.

    To donate, simply drop these items off at REIWA or at one of the designated REIWA agency collection points until Friday 21 June.

    To find out more about REIWA’s partnership with The Salvation Army and the REIWA agents who support it directly, visit reiwa.com’s In the Community page.

    Photo: Community REInvest Coordinator Kate Gorce-Macham with Keira Mcconkey from The Salvation Army.