Category: Queensland

Let’s open our hearts

fr johnWe make assumptions based on our own knowledge. Yet, if we take the time to listen to people with our heart we can appreciate them for who they truly are. All of us are gifted, but our individual talents are not always obvious; most treasures are hidden. God’s creation is diverse and unique, which makes it beautiful and inspiring rather than monotone and dull. God values us for who we are and we are invited to imitate Him. We are encouraged to value each other for our uniqueness. Let us appreciate the diversity God put in His creation and go beyond our presumptions to discover who a person really is through understanding and charity.

Fr John David
Rosies’ Chaplain

Rosies updates around the state – Spring 2015


Rosies has temporarily relocated our Friday and Saturday night outreaches to the Cathedral of St Stephen.Brisbane City Council has encouraged street van services to be located in  off-street premises. The Archbishop of Brisbane has kindly agreed to trial our Outreach for eight weeks.
Look out for further updates.

The new street outreach van was blessed by the Bishop of Cairns the Most Reverend James Foley. Thanks AMA. Services have commenced Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Gold Coast

The Rosies Gold Coast branch has started a new outreach in Nerang. The van is at to Bischoff Pioneer Park on Wednesdays from 7.30pm – 9.00pm.


Jon Martlew, our Toowoomba Branch Coordinator, went homeless for a week during the Homelessness Prevention Week. Our Patron, Leneen Forde, and Chair, John Scoble, took part in launching Jon’s sleepout at the Homlessness Prevention Week commencement exhibition. During the week Jon slept rough, hung out with our friends on the street, joined our outreaches and had a cuppa to raised funds for Rosies. Well done Jon!

You make a difference

Article ImageLucy* aged 16 had to leave school and home abruptly. In fact, she had to run. Unfortunately her story is too familiar. Over 40% of those experiencing homelessness in Australia are aged 25 or younger.

Most young people experiencing homelessness are not homeless by choice. It is their only option. Often they are hidden. Young people who are homeless are also more likely to experience higher unemployment than the rest of the population, often have worse health outcomes, and have little to no income. Homelessness can become a cycle once started, especially when so young.
We engage youth through education, awareness and volunteer programs, which play a vital role in prevention and support as well as many outreach services. We thank the many primary and high schools around the state for supporting Rosies and our friends in so many ways.  You make a difference to help break this cycle of homelessness by supporting Rosies. Have a cuppa for Rosies this Spring to support youth at risk like Lucy or donate now.

To our friends

Andrew O'Brien,  General ManagerWe all understand the value of friends in our lives. One of the many privileges I have is to share experiences of friendship with  many amazing young students involved in our Schools Engagement Program.
The vitality and warmth of these young people continues to put a spring in the step of our volunteers and patrons.
Unfortunately some young people in our communities are struggling to find hope and therefore it is important we continue to offer experiences of friendship to them. The commitment of our Rosies volunteers to turn up at each Outreach is fundamental to building relationships and hope. Your support makes a difference.

Andrew O’Brien,
General Manager

Rosies National Newsletter Winter 2015

Rosies National Newsletter Winter 2015The Rosies Newsletter is out now and available for download – click here for your copy!

Our front cover story is about one of our newest volunteers in Cairns, Hayley – who finds as much joy from Rosies as she brings.

Inside you will find an inspirational story about one young man’s physical challenge to raise money for his local Rosies branch.

And gain some insight into a night on the street in Logan as we introduce you to some of our friends on the street.

While you’re at it, why not print out a copy to leave in the lunch room?

National Newsletter Autumn 2015

Rosies National Newsletter Summer 2015The Rosies Newsletter is out now and available for download – click here for your copy!

Our front cover story is about a fantastic event that saw 1,098 people climb the 77 floors at Q1 on the Gold Coast to raise $86,515 for Rosies.

Inside you will find a very interesting story about a unique partnership with the Muslim community helping to feed the homeless in Cairns.

There is also a story about how Rosies is helping victims of domestic violence re-establish themselves.

While you’re at it, why not print out a copy to leave in the lunch room?

New life, new home

With up to a third of supported accommodation seekers women fleeing domestic violence, the link between homelessness and domestic violence is clear – and the need for assistance is pressing.

Rosies Gold Coast branch has been forging links with local DV services, including Assist A Sista, to help women to rebuild their lives and move back into the wider community.

While food parcels are a regular offering for Rosies on the Gold Coast, for women who are leaving a refuge and trying to establish themselves in a new home, Rosies offers something a little different.

Along with regular food parcels, volunteers put together ‘Pantry Boxes’ to help establish a woman in her new kitchen.

The boxes are intended to help defray the initial costs of setting up a pantry, containing larger items that are used frequently but replaced only occasionally.

Gold Coast Branch Coordinator Wendy Coe says the boxes are made up of pantry staples rather than fresh fruit or vegetables.

‘They’re more items like flour, sauces, coffee, sugar, spices, cake mixes, or even washing powder,’ she said.

‘Not just something to get you through the next few days – these are items which help to set up a home.

‘If you have to go out and buy them all at once, it’s quite expensive – and for someone who’s starting out again with very few resources, just being able to go to the cupboard and add a few dried herbs to a meal or whip up a batch of pikelets is a big thing.

‘Part of feeling like you’re really home is being able to do those small things without thinking.’


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Andrew O'Brien, General Manager

Rosies appoints new General Manager

Rosies welcomes a new General Manager of Rosies Youth Mission Inc, Andrew O’Brien, who replaces previous General Manager Troy Bailey. Andrew was appointed to the position on January 15, 2015, after having guided the organisation in an interim capacity since November.

Andrew is an experienced executive with a particular interest in the services offered within the mission of the Church.

Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and pursued a career in local government culminating as CEO of Mount Isa City Council from 1998-2003. Subsequently he worked for the Queensland Government in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, followed by two years in the Department of Infrastructure and Planning.

Between 2011 and 2014, Andrew worked for the Archdiocese of Brisbane in the role of Director Centacare Employment (Brisbane). Most recently, he acted as Interim Director of Centacare Toowoomba and assisted the transition to a new Director in September 2014.

Andrew has a strong interest in parish and community activities in his local area.

Rosies welcomes Andrew to the position and looks forward in 2015 to another successful year supporting our ‘friends on the street’.