Living on the streets is always a struggle, but survival is harder when the weather turns cold.
To help address this, Rosies – Friends on the Street has partnered with Swags for Homeless to distribute Backpack Beds to their homeless patrons.
Rosies General Manager Troy Bailey says the high quality swags offer dignity to people by giving them a place they can call their own.
“We’re coming into winter now, and nights are getting cooler – our patrons are doing it tough, and Backpack Beds give them a chance at sleep out of the cold,” Mr Bailey said.
“There’s protection there from the elements – these beds are waterproof – and they’re fire retardant too.”
The Backpack Beds are an award-winning Australian design, with a padded mattress, insect screens, and a lockable section for valuables.
The beds are quick to fold away, are lightweight, and provide an all in one temporary solution to people who are sleeping rough.
“We can get a Backpack Bed to a person who needs it for only $147,” said Mr Bailey.
“That gets the bed from the supplier, to a volunteer in any of our nine branches Statewide, and into the hands of a homeless person.
“You can’t underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep. For people trying to get back on their feet again, just being able to sleep safely and comfortably is a huge gift.”
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