Catholic charities not slowing down during lockdown

Maronites on a Mission Australia volunteers provide care and services during Sydney’s lockdown (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

During the lockdown, Catholic charities are determined to continue reaching out to Sydney’s rough sleepers and other people needing a little help to get by. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Maronites on Mission Australia directory George Nasr says that while the lockdown has forced it to pare back some of its projects, its food services across the city continue in a COVID-safe way – although meal preparations at St Charbel’s Church in Punchbowl stopped last week as it is located in one of the areas of heightened concern.

“There are many people who have a roof over their head, often they live in government housing, and they are just barely getting by,” Mr Nasr said.

Carrie Deane, community manager at St Canice’s Kitchen in Elizabeth Bay, east of the CBD, said that it had closed its indoor and outdoor dining areas and was running a takeaway service offering its usual variety of hot, freshly cooked lunches each day.

Along with shower and toilet facilities, health and legal support, St Canice’s is also offering to keep in touch by phone with any community members feeling isolated during the lockdown.

Brett Macklin, director of housing and homeless at St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, said that it was similarly business as usual at the Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo, except for increased COVID-safe measures including take-away meals being provided for non-residents.


Love in the lockdown (By Marilyn Rodridgues, The Catholic Weekly)

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