Sapphire Coast community rushes to help homeless woman

Update on ‘Sue’- Merimbula News Weekly inundated with offers of help

Vet, Dr Justin Daniel, of Pambula and Eden Vet Clinics, left, was quick to come forward with $300 in food vouchers for Sue, which were given to Gavin Bell of the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast on Thursday morning.

Vet, Dr Justin Daniel, of Pambula and Eden Vet Clinics, left, was quick to come forward with $300 in food vouchers for Sue, which were given to Gavin Bell of the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast on Thursday morning.

The response has been fast and overwhelming as the coastal communities of Merimbula, Pambula and Tura quickly moved to gather up 'Sue', the homeless woman, in their warm embrace.

The News Weekly has been overwhelmed by telephone calls and offers of help from our wonderful caring community after reading about the plight of ‘Sue’ who had been reduced to sleeping in her car.

Many people have come forward with offers of a bed or a room, and many have simply asked “How can we help?”

The News Weekly is able to report that Sue has been given some temporary housing and there is every hope that something longer term will be available through the kindness of a local couple.

On Tuesday afternoon and in desperation Sue knocked on the door of the Anglican Church in Merimbula where the rector, David Ruthven was able to assist. The local Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast moved quickly to help Sue and when the News Weekly spoke to her on Thursday morning she said: “I am quite overwhelmed. It was lovely to sleep and feel happy and safe.”

Prior to the intervention of the Social Justice Advocates, Sue had been sleeping in her car.

Gavin Bell, of the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast said:  “Since Sue has been accommodated, so many generous offers have come through. This includes a $300 food voucher donated by the Pambula Village Vets, for use at the local Pambula Foodworks Supermarket and other shops, the offer of accommodation with a family in Pambula Beach for an extended period, health services, food parcels, meal vouchers from Tura Beach Country Club and the list goes on. The SJASC have been overwhelmed by the generosity of locals.”

The Social Justice Advocates were responsible for the highly successful op-shop at Pambula over the Christmas. This year the aim was to raise money for those in need in the local area, people just like Sue.

Mr Bell is co-ordinating the help for Sue and offers of help have been passed to him.  He said any requests for further information or offers of help for Sue and the many other current and future deserving cases can be directed to him - Gavin Bell on 0411 564 120.

See Sue's story here:

http://www.merimbulanewsonline.com.au/story/2372982/homeless-in-merimbula-and-out-in-the-cold/?cs=1225

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