In July, a small crowd gathered at Wesley Edward Eagar Centre in Surry Hills to celebrate a year since the refurbished building reopened to people experiencing homelessness.
Among our special guests were some of the amazing donors and supporters whose generosity helped fund this major renovation project, along with the Hon. John Howard OM AC, who was patron of the fundraising appeal, and our former Superintendent and CEO Rev Keith Garner.
A light afternoon tea was followed by tours around the crisis accommodation. This included a walk through of one of the 40 secure rooms, each with its own private ensuite. On-site there are also spaces for a chaplain along with services like medical, counselling and legal services so guests have easy access to the wraparound support they need to break the cycle of homelessness.
In addition, the building features an entire floor dedicated to women – who increasingly are experiencing homelessness¹. Having a private room with an ensuite provides a sense of security that’s particularly important when many of the women residents at Wesley Edward Eagar Centre have experienced domestic violence and trauma. “Some of them actually cry because they can’t believe how beautiful it is here, how comfortable their rooms are,” said Tanya, the Manager on Duty, as she conducted a tour.
“Women have more dignity and privacy, which really does make a difference.
To our supporters, all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart. I cannot thank you enough for all that you’ve helped us to do. At Wesley Edward Eagar Centre’s one year anniversary event, the Hon. John Howard OM AC said, “I’m sure lives have already been changed … and they will be in the future. [The building] is a wonderful example of the practical Christianity that is a hallmark [of] Wesley Mission.”
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