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Domestic Violence is More Than Skin Deep

For most Australians, bruises and black eyes are the tell-tale signs of domestic violence. But what if every Australian could see the signs of abuse that can run much deeper than physical violence?

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Gambling Awareness Week 2018

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week is a great time to check in on your gambling. A NSW Government initiative, Australians are being urged to stop and think about their own gambling practices and start a conversation with family and friends during 8-14 October.

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Stories Of Hope Showcased At HopeStreet Event In Hunter

Shane and Faith, who specialise in community projects, helped to commemorate the milestone day by creating an inspirational mural and community art piece at the HopeStreet BaptistCare launch event.

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VIRGINS VS. WHORES

I’m an average woman, who has lived a somewhat sheltered and privileged life. Now, I lead a team of dedicated and extraordinary people striving to improve the lives of women working in Sydney’s sex industry, and my day-to-day life has changed in ways I wasn’t prepared for.

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People Like Us

It is a place of belonging. Within its walls, women experiencing the challenges of homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, social isolation and the stigma of being associated with the sex industry, can connect with each other and our HopeStreet team.

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HopeStreet Gives Lee A New Start

Isolated and knowing no one, Lee’s first sense of belonging was when she arrived on the doorstep of BaptistCare HopeStreet to buy some low-cost food.

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Vets Helping Pets

Yet pet owners who are experiencing homelessness or housing stress and living with limited socio-economic resources struggle when their furry friends become ill or injured and need expensive veterinary care.

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This is what I see, and this is why I have hope.

“Inevitably, when asked about my work at HopeStreet, people are prepared to hear stories of sorrow, hardship and despair. And those stories certainly come to mind pretty quickly.

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Lost in Translation

Hope is a powerful motivator; it inspires, strengthens and emboldens. It is hope which gives people the courage to leave their home country and seek a new life in Australia. Hope which quiets the fears that arise at the thought of travelling across the world and leaving behind all you...

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Mum Shares Brave Story With Kidspot Podcast

The Kidspot Juggling Act podcast, hosted by Mel Wilson and Cassie Hamer, recently spoke with a BaptistCare HopeStreet client, Rachel*, who accessed BaptistCare's domestic violence supported accommodation after she and her children left their home following years of violence.

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One in four Australians struggle to afford food or pay bills

In the eyes of Craig Budden, centre manager for one of the Hunter’s three BaptistCare HopeStreet locations, that percentage is simply “too high”.

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HopeStreet welcomes homelessness funding

Homelessness is a complex and multifaceted issue affecting an increasing number of Australians. While there are many catalysts and considerations at play, HopeStreet particularly welcomes the government’s focus on women experiencing domestic violence, and affirms that whatever policies the NSW Government puts in place, women’s safety should be the priority.

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Halo Ball Brings Hope

The important fundraising event, hosted by BaptistCare at Doltone House Darling Island Wharf in Pyrmont, encouraged guests to recognise the often voiceless victims of domestic and family violence: the children.

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Meet the woman trying to end family violence in one generation

"Without intervention, most of these kids will go on to either be victims or perpetrators of family violence," Lesley Robson says sadly, and it's a chilling thought.

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Partnering With Kidspot In #couchandacuppa Campaign

Partnering with BaptistCare, the campaign features the opportunity for people to donate to BaptistCare’s Break Free program, an early intervention program that works with children to rebuild their lives and focus on a future free from the trauma of domestic and family violence.m

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Making the most of the most important meal

In a day and age where school mornings seem like a mad dash for the door, Gaynor understands the importance of a sit-down meal. She’s seen the result of it on up to forty children on any given school day over the last four years.

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Changing lives on both sides of the Bain Marie

BaptistCare Port Kembla impacts an average of 70 lives daily in the area as a safe and welcoming place where people living with disadvantage can address key issues and meet their basic needs. We hear how it helps everyday. What’s not so common is the stories and paths that lead...

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BaptistCare Takes Pledge To End Homelessness In The Hunter

Rob Ellis, BaptistCare General Manager for HopeStreet Community Services said signing the pledge is another step for the organisation, which has been active in the Hunter region for decades, playing its part in taking action to reduce homelessness.

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Homelessness is not just a big issue in the City

You try to settle your debts and move into town but the cost of living is beyond your means. Your particular skillset isn't exactly what employers are looking for. You're staring down the barrel of retirement without a job, savings or super, and it's terrifying because you realise you're on...

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Minister officially opens HopeStreet Women's Centre

The new Women’s Centre has been designed as a safe space where marginalised women in Sydney’s inner city can access free and confidential professional support. Women, including transgender women, will be able to access a range of practical services including:

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Bank Boost Helps Kids Break Free

Recognised as a crucial service for the community, BaptistCare’s Break Free program in Campbelltown will receive $3,000 per year from the Commonwealth Bank Community Grants scheme, over the next three years.

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From The Ground Up: David's Journey To Employment

Born on a dairy farm in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands in 1964, David, a self-described ‘prodigal son’ moved to Australia in 1981. After decades of work in construction and security his life changed dramatically when he found himself without work and without a home. He experienced homelessness for over...

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$10 Million Microfinance Milestone Reached

In the ten years since the organisation commenced its microfinance program, BaptistCare HopeStreet has delivered no-interest and low-interest loans to people experiencing significant financial distress, supporting communities, families and vulnerable people as they strive for financial stability.

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Entertainment Lineup For Third Annual Halo Ball

BaptistCare has been supporting women and children fleeing violent and oppressive relationships for more than 30 years and has been at the forefront of national debate on how to bring an end to family violence.

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Breaking Shackles Of Stigma

The Community Centre plays an integral role in the Newcastle suburb as safe and welcoming place for people who are homeless or individuals and families living on the margins.