We regularly get asked how Perth Homeless Support Group Inc started. It was 5 years ago in the summer of January 2014, Ron Reid and Michael Edwards noticed an ever increasing amount of displaced and homeless people. They would see them on the streets and under bridges looking lost and begging quietly within our city.
Ron, being the kind soul that he is, actually took the time to talk to them and listen to their stories, some of which broke his heart. It was then that Ron & Michael decided to make what they considered a small move to do something about it.
Ron set up a group page on Facebook and added a few people he thought might like to be involved in heading to the streets and seeking out those who needed help. He had recognised from talking to many homeless and displaced people that they often won't ask for help for fear of rejection or because of pride.
The membership to the group increased rapidly, with so many people wanting to do what they could to lend a hand and help support and empower the homeless people of Perth. Since then PHSG has grown into an inspirational group of people, volunteering their time and energy, to positively impact the lives of the homeless and displaced and constantly improve on the knowledge of how to effectively reach, move and inspire all involved.
Every week numbers have increased with anywhere from 150 to 200 people, fed, clothed and supported in accessing other services to assist them. Sundays give them the opportunity to receive food, toiletries, a shower, chiropractic care and food for the animals that some have for companionship or medical assistance. But the most important part of our Sundays is social interaction, something many of them lack in their day-to-day lives.
Everything we do at Perth Homeless Support Group Inc is supported by so many people who donate financially, supply fresh food each week, donate clothing and blankets and of course volunteer their time. Without the vital support of our members what we do would not be possible.
We want to thank each and every one of you for the part you play in touching the lives of people who often feel like this world has forgotten them. You are their reminder that they are valued and cared for.
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