Warm a heart this winter to help people sleeping rough on our streets

This winter, we're asking you to stand with Wayside Chapel to support people sleeping rough on our streets, so that they can come in from the cold and enjoy home-cooked meals, receive warm clothes and hot showers, and be surrounded by a loving community.

During the toughest and coldest days of the year, YOU can warm a heart and show Sydney’s most vulnerable people that they are loved, and not forgotten.

Raised so far

$360,572

Our goal

$550,000

 

Donate now to provide a home-cooked meal, warm clothes and a hot shower to a person sleeping rough on our streets this winter.

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$38

$38 can warm a heart of
a person sleeping rough on our streets.

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6 people sleeping rough on our streets.

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The Problem

Right now, there are 35,011 people experiencing homelessness in NSW alone.

Winter is one of the toughest times of the year for our community, and for people sleeping rough, the colder months are brutal.

With the cost-of-living and rental prices skyrocketing, more people are turning to us for help this winter.

Last winter, we saw an average of 276 visitors a day. That's almost 100 additional visitors each day compared to the previous year at our centres in Kings Cross and Bondi.

And we're expecting those numbers to grow even further as winter sets in.

We are determined to warm the hearts of people who need us most by providing home-cooked meals, warm clothes and hot showers this winter. But we need your help…

Together, we need to show the most vulnerable people in our community that they are loved, and not forgotten.

The Solution

We’re asking YOU to ‘Warm a Heart’ by making a donation to provide a home-cooked meal, warm clothes and a hot shower to a person sleeping rough on our streets.

Your kind gift also extends to helping our visitors find a path out of their crisis. It could be help finding a job, arranging a place to stay, untangling legal issues or escaping family violence. 

Stand with us to ensure we can continue to provide unconditional love, care and connection to our community, and a warm and loving place for people in crisis.

In the past year...

Wayside Chapel has witnessed unprecedented demand for their services:

50% increase in daily visitors

23%
increase in clothes, underwear and socks provided

46% increase in food served

17%
increase in hot showers and toiletries services

72% increase in care-coordination for visitors

Donate Now

You can warm the hearts of people like Andrew

As a young, gay man, Andrew left his country town to come to Sydney, searching for a community that would accept and love him for who he was. Like all of us, he just wanted to feel like he belonged.

Sadly, Andrew quickly found himself on the streets - an outcast in a city that can be cold and unwelcoming.

But at Wayside, Andrew was met with warmth and compassion.

“When you're on the streets, Wayside is a safe place to come and hang out and be okay for a while, and not be cold, and not be wet and get a change of socks, or have a shower, and something cheap to eat,” says Andrew.

“I thought, this is somewhere where I'm going to come and hang out, because I’m going to be accepted here.”

Now, Andrew comes to Wayside regularly to see his mates and to take part in our many programs. He’s made many connections in the community, not only with visitors but also with volunteers and staff.

Andrew now feels like he belongs here in this city, as much as anyone.

With your support, we can welcome everyone who need us this winter and beyond.

Make your tax-deductible donation today.

“When you walk into Wayside, people say hello to you, and they remember your name. You leave feeling like you're a different person than when you arrived.”

- Andrew, Wayside Chapel visitor

How does your donation help?

This winter, more people than ever will come to us feeling hungry, lonely and isolated.
With your help, we can open our doors to bring them in from the cold.

You help provide over 908 blankets and clothes a week to keep people warm this winter.

You help provide over 937 hot showers and toiletries a month to people desperately in need.

You help provide over 7,781 low cost meals a month from our community cafes.

You help provide over 458 instances of care coordination a week, such as housing, Centrelink and legal support.

A big THANK YOU to our 3,201 supporters who are warming hearts this winter. 

Together, we will show people sleeping rough on our streets that they are loved and not forgotten.

Anonymous

$40

Anonymous

$80

Anonymous

$50

Anonymous

$80

Liliana Cuba

$80

Anonymous

You matter, we care

$400

Elizabeth Sherriff

$40

Cassandra Barford

$40

Emma Potter

Sharing a little warmth with you.

$120

Anonymous

$552

Susan Lockwood

God Bless

$40

Alison Steele

$40

Anonymous

$552

Anonymous

$40

Anonymous

$40

Anonymous

$53

Anonymous

$53

Tracey Camp

Hope this keeps you warm and safe.

$80

Anonymous

Great initiative. Well done

$532

Jack Byrne

$80