Handmade items made by the employment agency Workways’ ‘Work for the Dole’ clients were handed over to our Rosies Cairns coordinator, Lyall. This is an amazing example of a great synergy between individuals and organisations. The satisfaction in giving back to the community thrilled many of those who made the items and learned new skills at the same time. Everything has been well used and distributed to our many friends on the street in Far North Queensland.

Rosies recently worked with the local council to find an alternative venue for our outreach to offer an efficient service to our friends on the street whilst being mindful of local businesses that had expressed concerns over the influx of people in the popular tourist area. All parties agreed on a new location that will satisfy everyone. As a consequence, the Rosies van has now moved to Council Park on Draper Street, Cairns.

Cairns_rosies_friends_on_the_streetJames Cook University (JCU) dental students [pictured] recently attended one of our Rosies Cairns branch outreaches. The students fully embraced the experience, listening and sharing stories with our friends on the street, and helping put a smile on their faces. The branch also recently received goods and services donations, as well as monetary donations from local primary and high schools.
The support all of our branches receive from students and their communities is simply wonderful, and greatly supports our ability to support our many friends. Thank you, you all make a difference.

Find out how you can get involved.

Rosies is delighted to announce the acquisition of a new outreach room thanks to the Catholic Diocese of Cairns and Centacare. The new room is significantly more spacious for our Cairns Branch team meetings and increases our capacity to store more items for our many friends on the street than the previous shed.

Rosies would also like to thank the Queensland Government’s Community Benefit Fund for providing a grant that has enabled us to refurbish our new premises.

Find out how you can get involved.

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

 

Brisbane
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.


Cairns
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.


Toowoomba

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!

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

There is a surge of homeless people in South East Queensland. Many of them are fleeing the colder temperature in NSW and Victoria.

Our teams will be out giving away blankets in Brisbane, Calboolture, Cairns, Gold Coast (in Southport and Surfers Paradise), Ipswich, Woodrige, Mareeba, Caloundra and Toowoomba

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The new van was blessed on Wednesday 8th July at 2pm in Munro Martin Park.

Dr Sharmila Biswas (our  driving force fundraiser) representing AMA handed the new van over to Andrew O’Brien Rosies General Manager.

New South Wales native, regular Rosies patron and new volunteer Hayley holds the work of the organisation in very high esteem.

‘It’s a meeting place for people in the community, to catch up with friends and to make new ones over a coffee and a bite to eat.’

Hayley, 35, moved to Cairns just over a year ago to get a new start and heard about Rosies through church.

She attends nearly every night and has been volunteering for two months.

‘I love helping other people – those who cannot afford to pay their rent, food or power bills.’

She says the volunteers are kind and friendly and everyone wants Rosies to stay.

‘It’s a pleasure to work here. It’s great, I love it!’

She says that other patrons are proud that she is a volunteer.

Animal lover Hayley plans to volunteer some more, aims to become a Team Leader and encourage other patrons to join.

She would eventually like to find other ways to help in the community.