EMERGENCY APPEAL

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Please donate urgently

Today our entire community is facing unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus.

With services for the vulnerable and homeless shutting down around us, demand at Wayside Chapel is increasing each day. As an essential frontline health service, we urgently need your help during this crisis.

Right now, Wayside is providing:

  • emergency meals
  • showers, clothing packs, blankets, phone charging and sanitization
  • housing, medical care, legal and Centrelink referrals
  • phone outreach support to the isolated through this period
  • outreach teams connecting with and delivering meals and care packs to people sleeping rough on the streets, and to people at their homes (to the front-yard or driveway)

We’re expecting to see more and more people every day.

Imagine being anxious about this pandemic but not having a home to isolate yourself, or no one to turn to for help.

Many Australians who are already in vulnerable situations, will be facing even worse times during this pandemic. Domestic violence against women and children increases during times of stress or anxiety. People are losing their jobs, with no savings to fallback on. More people will become homeless.

With surrounding services closing down, Wayside is the only place for them to go. They have no choice, and so we have no choice.

We can't close.

We can't isolate.

We must help others survive.

Choose love over fear. Choose life over death. Please stand with us, and provide love and support to people facing homelessness.

Help people in crisis by donating now.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is COVID-19 (coronavirus) affecting the people that access support from Wayside Chapel?

Our priority is to maintain sustainable access to Wayside Chapel’s frontline services so that people in crisis can access essential support when they have nowhere else to go.

Coronavirus creates an added layer of vulnerability on top of the critical support that people accessing Wayside’s services already need.

Similar health and homelessness services in the area have already shut their doors and put signs up directing visitors to us, Wayside Chapel. We are determined to stay open. With robust precautions in place, we will continue to do what we do best; love those who need us the most and support the most vulnerable in our community.

The virus poses particular risk in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who already experience a significant burden of chronic disease including respiratory conditions. The elderly and people experiencing homelessness also often have underlying medical conditions.

Many Australians who are already in vulnerable situations, will be facing even worse times during the pandemic. This need will only grow as more people lose their jobs, domestic and family violence rates grow, people lose support networks, and mental health issues increase during isolation.

Please donate today and help keep us operating - today and always.

How does Wayside help?

Providing resources to protect against an outbreak of coronavirus among people who are experiencing homelessness and displacement is not only a moral imperative, it’s an urgent public health necessity.

No matter how tough things get in the next few months, Wayside is determined to continue supporting people in crisis. With your support – we can do it!

Our staff are on high alert for increasing rates of domestic violence. Often what happens in times of crisis like this, along with being quarantined and isolated at home, is that we see an increased risk of violence towards women and children.

Now more than ever people will need nutritious meals, a hot shower, clean clothes, help securing emergency accommodation, medical assistance and help navigating centrelink and other support services set up in response to this pandemic.

Due to an influx of people accessing our services, we are needing to create a new model of care that will focus on ‘emergency relief’ to provide the basics to keep people alive. E.g. emergency clothing, showers, food, water, blankets, medical support, etc.

What is Wayside Chapel doing to support at-risk people?

At this stage our focus is on immediate risk mitigation and preventative measures. However Wayside acknowledges that there will likely be more changes announced in the near future as the situation changes.

Our Community Services Centres will continue to operate under limited opening hours, with all physical distancing requirements being met.

Wayside will provide assertive phone outreach to visitors who choose to isolate themselves from our centres. We will also deliver care packs to people in need. Emergency items such as food, blankets and showers will be made available.

Hand hygiene products like sanitiser will be provided, with more frequent cleaning of surfaces, rubbish bins and waste disposal.

Staff who identify any visitor displaying symptoms, including fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath, will be referred for testing at St. Vincent’s Hospital, or other testing facility. If the visitor is too unwell to make their way to a hospital, the staff member will call an ambulance and isolate the visitor in a meeting room until they can be taken to testing facilities at St Vincent’s Hospital.

How is COVID-19 affecting Wayside Chapel's services and programs?

Wayside is directly dealing with people vulnerable to COVID-19; elderly people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (as they have higher rates of chronic illness), people with chronic medical conditions and compromised immune systems, people experiencing homelessness who are unable to self-isolate or have easy access good hygiene facilities. Many people living on the street already have diminished health and chronic illness.

Physical distancing and stringent sanitisation rules mean we can no longer host a community lunch or dinner in the same way. In the past, at an average community lunch, we would see 70 people sitting side by side, enjoying a two course meal together. This is no longer possible to maintain the health and safety of our community. We’re still serving hot meals, but they are now in takeaway containers with disposable cutlery from outdoor areas. Wayside Chapel’s non-essential activities have been scaled back to enable all resources to be focused on the sustainable provision of services in our Community Services Centres in Kings Cross and Bondi. This will include limiting opening hours to restrict the flow of people inside Wayside Chapel, and the move towards a phone-based model of care coordination for people at home in self-isolation. Outreach services will be mobilised to deliver care packs and support to people in need on our streets.

We are expecting to see more people turning to Wayside Chapel each day as other community services shut down. We will remain agile to respond to changing needs of our community.

Here is our response to COVID-19: https://www.waysidechapel.org.au/covid19

Why do you suddenly need more funds?

Due to COVID-19, we are facing a financial crisis. It is the result of both rising costs and a dramatic increase in demand for our services in the wake of the pandemic.

We have been forced to cancel future fundraising events which means 60% of our income stream is now at risk. More people are facing financial hardship, including our faithful supporters, and there is more pressure on government funding. Corporate and school groups are no longer able to attend, we have sent many of our at-risk volunteers home and paid staff are working harder than ever to cover volunteer shifts and ensure we can continue to deliver the essentials.

If we don't act now, this pandemic will have an unimaginable impact on our services and community programs for the future.

How can I help?

Right now, people like you are critical. We need your support now more than ever. If you’re in a position to do so, we urge you to donate to our emergency appeal.

If you are able to volunteer your time, please reach out directly to waysidevollies@thewaysidechapel.com.

What if a visitor or staff member gets COVID-19?

We will follow the national health protocols regarding testing, mandatory isolation, and referrals to medical facilities. The building would need to be shut down to follow mandatory procedures including cleaning, and it would reopen once all health guidelines have been met and we have received clearance from the appropriate authorities.

If I need help or know someone who does, how can I contact you?

Please contact us by phone so we can best direct your call and find the right person to assist.

Are you only accepting online donations? How do I donate in other ways?

Wayside Chapel is following the advice of the Australian Government Department of Health, which means that all non-frontline and administrative staff have been directed to work from home. Access to our post office box, printing and postage will be intermittent during this time.

If you can, please make your donation online. Online donations will be automatically receipted and sent to your email address. This method is safe and secure with PCI compliance.

If you are unable to donate online and would like to help, please post your cheque, credit card slip or cash to our address, below. Please note that processing of manual donations will slow down during the COVID-19 pandemic and your receipt will take longer than usual to reach you, as our administrative and non-essential frontline staff are working from home as directed by the Australian Government. Please be patient with us during this time.

Wayside Chapel

PO BOX 66

Potts Point 1335 NSW

 

Our staff can also call you to process a donation over the phone or step you through an online donation. Please call our office on 02 9581 9101.

 

All donations over $2 are tax-deductible within Australia.

Do you need donations of clothing, blankets, etc?

We are in need of warm clothing, towels and blankets as we prepare for the cold days and nights of winter.

We are incredibly grateful at Wayside for all our supporters who keep us stocked with the necessities we need day to day.

Please keep these tips in mind when planning to make a donation:

  • Please donate good quality, clean items to Wayside as you would give to a friend or wear yourself
  • Deliver items to the front door of the open Op Shop – anything left on the ground outside becomes contaminated and unusable
  • Do not donate broken, soiled or stained donations

A big thank you to our Supporters

The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal

$104

Mary Kuriyan

$100

Gaetano Castiglione

$150

Lynda Osborne

Love to all on behalf of my friend who recently passed Marcus Dervin

$52

Alison Dawes

You are all amazing!!

$52

Anonymous

$510

Vanessa

$52

Rock Up Group

Thank you Wayside for all that you do x

$52

Kelly Macri

Thanks for your incredible work!

$1,000

Anonymous

$52

Kate Woods

$52

Maggie Rodely

Thanks you for the wonderful work you are ding. I do wish we could donate more but I hope this is of some value. Blessings on your work.

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Ajd

❤️

$52

Anonymous

$21

Vincent Bettens

$208

Peter Brown

keep up the good work

$260

Anonymous

$31

Anonymous

I am so glad not every volunteer service is shutting down. Thank you for doing this, apparently without a state bailout or much financial or volunteer help from churches. According to the Independent State MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich Sydney City council will be offering some types of homeless support, probably geared more to preventing spread of disease than relieving poverty or homelessness. i hope a financial bailout for volunteers and protective supplies are coming. The near absence of collective action for the poor from christian churches is striking and i hope it will have consequences for church leaders who have gone missing in a time of crisis, not only for the homeless but the newly unemployed and all of us. churches seem to be tending to their congregations only, if that.

$104

Stephen Benoit

Happy to support the work of Wayside Chapel.

$1,000

Anonymous

$510

Jan Owen

$310

Anonymous

Thank you Wayside for all the wonderful non judgemental support you provide to our community. We are in awe at what you all do so selflessly. Big hugs to all of you. Libby and Mike Coles

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Tamaryn Southern

$26

Peter Street

$150

Susan Page

Thank you x

$52

Anonymous

$156

Iols

$260

Megan

$104

Dennis Dal Santo

$104

Hetha Thompson

Thank you for continuing to help the community through a surreal period for us all. I will continue to support you on a continual basis as much as possible in a changeable personal position

$510

Keith Watson

We appreciate your great work and want to share some of the governments stimulus money with you.

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Anonymous

Please give this money to a mother so that she can buy one time meal for her child and herself (though it’s not much)

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Anonymous

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Julia Wells

Thanks to your organisation and wonderful staff for all the help you orovide

$156

Denise Van Beek

$1,000

Maryann Russett

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Clare Mullins

Wayside is a life saver and a quality of life saver.

$52

Bianca Caruana

$510

Jaimes Adlington

Love you guys - keep doing all the great work in the community. Reading about you’re great work, and experiencing what it looks like first hand, is inspiring and gives us all hope.

$52

Julie Iyengar

$208

Anand Anderson

thank you for all you do, love and blessings to all

$156

Andrew Blanda

$208

Anonymous

$52

Anonymous

$50

Christina Enotiades

LOVE OVER FEAR

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Paola Norambuena

May a this little go a long way to helping people be safe.

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Susan Doenau

$200

Corinne Tomkinson

$156

Josephine Rose

Wash your hands and remember to smile. God bless.

$50

Gary Dale

$52

Anonymous

Good work

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Robanne Howie

Try and keep up all the wonderful work you do at Wayside.

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Lia Pielli

Keep up the awesome work Wayside Stay safe & healthy x

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Gabriele Munro

Thank you so much for looking after the less fortunate. Stay healthy!

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Melanie King

Wish l could be more generous Thoughts, love and blessings

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Donovan Clarke

God bless you Jon and the team. Thank for the Christ like kindness you give without hesitation. Don

$10

Anonymous

$104

Rich Brophy

$156

Catherine Sullivan

Thank you for the work you do

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Helen White

$52

Penny Jelbart

$104

Gisela Schumacher

$21

Vanessa F

Well done on the great work that you do. I only wish I could donate more but no longer have any work. Please take care

$52

Rea Moylan Hewitt

$750

Katherine Cameron

$104

Maz Farrelly

$52

Anonymous

I wish I could join you and reach out to those I have an affinity with. But alas I am stuck in isolation myself, on the brink of eviction. I pray that we all get through this together and a new, kinder world is born in it's place. Stay strong Wayside! Take care

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Christina Roller

$52

Billie

Thank you for looking after the very vulnerable people in our city

$52

Anonymous

Thank you for all the essential and practical work you do

$52

Anonymous

$156

Anonymous

$156

John Telford

$310

Anonymous

$104

Anonymous

$156

Jane Holyman

$52

Anonymous

I wish I could give more. Sorry, you are doing an amazing job. Thank you

$52

Heather Robinson

God bless you all.

$104

Linda

Thank you for what you are doing in these difficult times.

$100

Sharon Salter

Stay safe

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Anonymous

$31

Helen Mcdermott

My respect & appreciation for your work

$52

David Walket

Gods blessing on you

$21

Enid Mulcare

I am so sorry that I cannot give more at this stage. Centrelink might get after me if I donate too much. If I receive the Stimulus "donation" from the Government I will revise my donation list.

$52

Francoise Fombertaux

$208

Holly Anderson

Thanks for the great work you do in the community You are wonderful!!!

$21

Mary Scully

You just called for a donation and I told you regretfully all the reasons I couldn’t donate ATM. I regretted this as soon as I hung up the phone and hope even this small amount helps

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Anonymous

thank you for sharing God's love with these vulnerable people.

$52

Eva & Greg Vancea

Thank you for helping our most vulnerables

$104

Kay Cowper

$52

Kay Turnbull

$104

Davina Kreis-tennyson

$260

Stephen Janson

$26

Anonymous

$500

Anonymous

$260

Oliver Johansson

Keep up the good work

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Jan Kneeshaw

Kep it up!

$52

Barbara

This is my small way of helping the wonderful work which you do, my way of connecting with people which can slip below awareness

$52

Margie Mcgeoch

$310

Dianne Curic

$104

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