Vinnies building units for mentally ill

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria has announced that it will build six independent living units for people with mental illness in Melbourne.

CLICK HEREThe units, loated in Meadow Heights, will cost $1.2 million. At present there is no government support.

State President Syd Tutton said mental Health is a problem that the whole community must respond to.

"Each and every welfare agency should be helping government address this problem," he said. "Our 7000 voluntary members and a small number of professional staff, have assisted more than 700,000 people in the last financial year, and have seen first hand the brokenness of peoples lives, caused by emotional and financial stress."

Meanwhile Vinnies Victoria has engaged Jesuit Provincial Fr Mark Raper to launch its annual Christmas Appeal this morning at Ozanam House, North Melbourne.

Mr Tutton said: "We urge the public to support this year's Christmas appeal so that the homeless, marginalised and the lonely will receive the love of Christ this Christmas."

The Society urgently requires funds to assist families, homeless people and the mentally ill this Christmas. The target for the Appeal in Victoria is $1.5 million. The growing need of people who are disadvantaged and marginalised in our community places great demand on the voluntary and professional services that the Society provides.

This Christmas it is estimated that the Society's members and volunteers will assist more than 20,000 families in December and January, while the Society's Community Services, will offer outreach to people with complex needs.

The tollfree number for financial donations is 13 18 12. Those wishing to make a gift of clothing, furniture, or toys should call 1800 621 349.

Even the first Christmas family needed a little help (St Vincent de Paul Society 4/11/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
St Vincent de Paul Society

Vinnies Christmas spotlight on social fallout of mental illness (CathNews 3/11/05)
Australian Catholic University strengthens ties with Vinnies (CathNews 4/11/05)

9 Nov 2005