A new project has been given the go ahead in my home town. We're only a little over an hour away from Melbourne, but sometimes it seems like a different planet. We have a large homeless population, but unlike the capital city it is very much invisible. We have some great local organisations that work to provide food, and shelter and support for these people but like many aid and welfare agencies their resources are stretched.
Some key figures in town, agencies and churches have started on a new project- The Soup Bus, that will assist in caring for our homeless population. One of the things that the bus has going for it is that it will operate outside of business hours, when the agencies have to shut their doors and will be there for people at night when they are at their most vulnerable.
I have been to a couple of meetings about the project and its really on the move (no pun intended). The company that owns our local bus service has donated a bus. It has been gutted and the equipment that is needed is currently being installed. The bus will provide food, blankets, clothing as well as support and referral to other agencies if it is needed.
It is really exciting to see how the community is being drawn together in order to invest in and support the vulnerable in our own town. I'll keep you posted as things progress.